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Did You Suffer Hearing Loss While Serving in the Armed Forces?

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

From 2003 to 2015, 3M supplied a maximum of 2.2 million Combat Arms Earplugs to the US military to use in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an exclusive supplier for the US military for ear plugs. This product was only sold to the military. The plugs were supposed to provide two levels of ear protection: one side was intended to block all noise and the other was intended to protect the eardrums from gunfire and explosions while still allowing soldiers to communicate freely. The failure of dual-ended Combat Arms Ear Plugs (version 2) to protect soldiers’ ears has resulted in high incidences of tinnitus (ringing or buzzing of the ears) as well as partial or full hearing loss.

Those suffering from hearing problems as a result of the ear plugs not working while in combat or training may be eligible for compensation as the manufacturer recently has come under fire for failing to disclose a design flaw that had been known as early as 2000. Those current or former military personnel should seek immediate advice from an experienced attorney as statutes of limitation dictate the amount of time they have to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Combat Arms Ear Plugs to seek financial compensation.

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