Defective 3M Combat Earplugs have been linked to hearing loss and tinnitus in active US military members and veterans. While these dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs were intended to protect against hearing loss, they have been found to be defective and use of the earplugs has been linked to a dramatic increase in hearing loss diagnoses in veterans and service members.
Which Earplugs Are At Issue?
The Combat Arms Earplugs were provided to U.S. service members for more than a decade and were used in overseas deployments and routine training. One end was yellow and intended to protect against loud impulse noises while still allowing the soldier to hear verbal commands. The dark green end was supposed to provide constant noise protection. Instead of blocking sound waves however, the earplugs were too short for proper insertion into the ear canal, causing them to loosen in the ear and not properly protect our nation’s service members from potentially damaging sounds. As a result, service members relying on the defective earplugs suffered injuries ranging from tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) to partial or total hearing loss.
In July 2018, the Justice Department announced a $9.1 million settlement with 3M over allegations that the company knowingly provided the defective Combat Arms Earplugs to U.S. soldiers. These earplugs failed to protect our nation’s soldiers and have been linked to a dramatic increase in hearing loss diagnoses in veterans and active-duty service members. Service members and veterans are now pursing individual lawsuits for injuries they suffered from using the defective earplugs.
Who may qualify for a 3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit?
If you are currently active in the US military or are a veteran:
– serving in the US military between 2003 and 2015;
– who received and used military issued 3M Combat Arms earplugs during this time period; and,
– have suffered from hearing loss or tinnitus,
you may be eligible to file a 3M Combat Earplugs lawsuit.
Lopez McHugh, LLP appreciates the service of the men and women that protect our country and want to hold this company accountable for the injuries it caused to our nation’s heroes.