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Combat Arms Earplugs Case Evaluation

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Combat Arms Earplugs Case Evaluation
  • Current status of Combat Arms Earplugs Litigation
  • If your injury may be compensable
  • Protecting your rights and potential claim

Please fill in the form below to request a FREE case evaluation from one of our attorneys if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with hearing damage or loss during or immediately after U.S. military service after using 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2) between 2003 and 2015.

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Do you or a loved one suffer from partial or total hearing loss, or tinnitus that was medically diagnosed during or immediately after service in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015? *

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Combat Arms Earplugs

Combat Arms Earplugs Case Evaluation In July of 2018, the United States Department of Justice announced that 3M had agreed to pay $9.1 million in order to resolve allegations that they knowingly sold the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device. The ear plugs were originally manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which was acquired by 3M in 2008.

According to the lawsuit, Aearo was aware of the ear plug’s defects as early as 2000, many years before it and 3M became the exclusive provider of selective attenuation ear plugs to the military. Specifically, the United States alleged that 3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the Combat Arms Earplugs v2 were too short for proper insertion into soldiers’ ears and that the ear plugs could loosen imperceptibly and therefore did not perform well for certain individuals, the implication of which could result in serious and permanent hearing damage. It was also alleged in the lawsuit that this design defect was known to 3M but was not disclosed to the Department of Defense and that 3M may have manipulated test results to make it appear the ear plugs met government standards.

The Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) were designed for military use and used extensively by millions of servicemen and servicewomen. Unfortunately, many may have been exposed to damaging sound levels after receiving defective and dangerous earplugs while fighting in:

  • The Iraq War
  • War in Afghanistan
  • War in North-West Pakistan (part of War on Terror)
  • War in Somalia
  • Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean
  • American-led intervention in Libya (2011- part of Libyan Crisis)
  • American-led intervention in Iraq (2014 – 2017)
  • American-led Intervention in Syria (2014 to present)
  • Yemeni Civil War (2015 to present)
  • American Intervention in Libya (2015 to present)

Due to the alleged design flaw, these soldiers could have been subjected to dangerous sound levels during training and in combat. Dangerous sound levels can have serious and permanent effects including partial or total hearing loss, or tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing in the ears. Hearing loss is one of the most common afflictions suffered by active duty and former servicemen and servicewoman. Tinnitus, which can be debilitating, is just as prevalent. According to James Henry, a research scientist with the VA Portland Healthcare System, last year there were over 1.6 million veterans seeking medical care for chronic tinnitus.

If you, or a loved one were issued Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs during service in the military between 2003 and 2015, and have since suffered partial or total hearing loss or suffer from tinnitus, please fill out the above form so you can protect your rights and we can learn more about your potential case.

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Please fill in the form below to request a FREE case evaluation from one of our attorneys if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with hearing damage or loss during or immediately after U.S. military service after using 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2) between 2003 and 2015.

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Do you or a loved one suffer from partial or total hearing loss, or tinnitus that was medically diagnosed during or immediately after service in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015? *

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 All personal information will be kept private.

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