3M Combat Earplugs Have Been Linked to Hearing Loss

3M Combat Ear Plugs Version 2 (CAEv2) were standard issue for all branches of the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015. They were designed to protect against hearing loss from extremely loud noises during combat such as gunfire and explosions; however, these earplugs were found to be defective, resulting in permanent hearing loss and other hearing issues.

If you have suffered hearing issues after using CAEv2 earplugs during your military service, you may qualify for financial compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.

In order to file a lawsuit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You were in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015
  • You were issued 3M Combat Ear Plugs Version 2 (CAEv2) earplugs during your military service
  • You have been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus

These dual-ended earplugs had an olive side and a yellow side. While the former was designed to block all sound—like regular earplugs—the latter was supposed to block out loud impulse noises in the combat zone, while still enabling users to hear verbal commands.

Rather than blocking sounds as intended, the design that 3M used allowed the earplugs to loosen in the user’s ear. According to court documents, the company conducted tests in 2000 that showed the earplugs received an inadequate noise reduction rating (NPR) but knowingly sold defective combat earplugs to the U.S. military anyway.

In July of 2018, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. government. However, none of the award goes to the veterans who were harmed by the defective earplugs, which is why we are filing lawsuits on behalf of veterans.

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