3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs
Lawsuits filed against 3M, a Minnesota company, have alleged that the Combat Arms Dual-Ended Earplugs they manufacture — used in combat or during your service by thousands of veterans and active-duty military personnel — may cause serious and permanent hearing damage.
Veterans and active-duty military personnel who used 3M’s yellow and green earplugs during combat and suffered from tinnitus or other hearing-related problems may be entitled to compensation.
What Are 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs?
3M Combat Arms Dual-Ended Earplugs (CAEv2) were developed by Aero Technologies, which was acquired by 3M in 2009.
The earplugs were designed to protect soldiers and other military personnel from hearing damage caused by gunfire, explosions, bombs, aircraft, or other loud sounds in combat. Combat Arms Earplugs were used by thousands of military personnel between 2003 and 2015; between 2003 and 2012, they were the only earplugs supplied to soldiers by the U.S. military.
The Combat Arms Earplugs are recognized for their distinctive yellow and green dual-ended shape. When worn with the green end in-ear, the product functions like normal earplugs; when worn with the yellow end, the earplugs are designed to allow speech and other low-level sounds to be heard, while still blocking out louder noises.
What Is The Defect?
The device was originally designed to create a snug fit when inserted into the ear. Due to the dual-end design, the uninserted side would push on the ear and loosen the seal that prevented hearing damage.
On top of that, the stem was not long enough to protect the ear from loud noises like explosions, heavy artillery and rockets.
What Injuries Have Been Linked To The Earplugs?
• Tinnitus or ringing in the ear
• Noise-induced deafness
• Hearing loss
• Pain in the ear
• Other hearing-related problems
Thousands of soldiers or other military personnel who used the Combat Arms Earplugs in combat zones have been diagnosed with partial or total hearing loss.
What To Do Next?
If you used 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs during military service and were diagnosed with tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears that could be a sign of hearing damage or any other hearing-related injuries, you may qualify to file a claim. This is not a lawsuit against the government and will not affect disability benefits.