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If you wore dual-sided Combat Arms Earplugs™(CAEv2) during foreign conflicts between 2003 and 2015 and were diagnosed with or suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss, you may be entitled to Significant Compensation

Military Servicemembers: 

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If you wore Combat Arms Earplugs ™ (CAEv2) during foreign conflicts between 2002 and 2016 and were diagnosed with or suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss, you may be entitled to significant compensation. 

Defective Earplugs Were Standard Issue for

More Than 10 Years

CAEv2 were standard issue in certain branches of the military during foreign conflicts between 2002 and 2016 and may have caused thousands of soldiers to suffer significant hearing loss and tinnitus, and exposed millions more to the risks of hearing damage caused by the allegedly defective earplugs.  

The two-sided earplugs should have performed two functions: 

When used in closed or blocked position

OLIVE END IN  – they block sound like traditional earplugs.

But the Department of Justice said the stem of the earplugs was too short, making it difficult to insert them deeply enough into the ears of some wearers to obtain the proper fit. Essentially, the earplug may not make or maintain a tight seal in the ear of some wearers and allow dangerous sounds to enter the ear and cause hearing damage or tinnitus.

According to the DOJ lawsuit, 3M has known since 2000, that the earplugs were defective. Originally created by Aearo Technologies, 3M hired Aearo employees who developed and tested the earplugs after acquiring the company in 2008. These employees were aware of the defects as early as 2000, several years before 3M became the exclusive provider of selective attenuation earplugs to the military.

When used in the open or unblocked position

YELLOW END IN  – the earplugs should block or significantly reduce loud impulse sounds, while still allowing the wearer to hear quieter sounds, such as words spoken by fellow soldiers and the noise of approaching combatants.

Was Your Hearing Damaged by Defective Earplugs?

We Can Help

Hearing loss is one of the biggest issues facing military members today, and the consequences of hearing loss can be severe. Depression and anxiety are common in the millions of veterans who experience hearing loss, and these two conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life.

If you served in the military between 2002 and 2016 and were diagnosed with or are suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss, after wearing 3M Combat Arms Earplugs ™ contact us now. Our attorneys are demanding servicemembers who suffered hearing damage from defective earplugs get the most redress available by law. Fill out the form or call us now to learn whether you qualify for maximum financial compensation for your defective earplug hearing loss.

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