When were the defective earplugs used by the military?

The 3M Combat Arms earplugs were used by members of the military between 2003 and 2015, which now places veterans at high risk of developing a hearing problem such as tinnitus or permanent hearing loss.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

The U.S. Military has provided their members with 3M Combat Arms earplugs for 12 years

Between 2003 and 2015, the members of the U.S. military were offered the defective 3M Combat Arms earplugs to protect them against the loud noises they were regularly exposed to, such as those coming from helicopters, weapons and heavy equipment.

Nevertheless, because the earplugs had a faulty design, they failed to completely shield military members in combat areas against loud noises.

This is why hundreds of veterans are filing claims with the company for the hearing impairments they came to struggle with due to using this defective product. Thereby, if you served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, you were most likely using the defective 3M Combat Arms earplugs, which increases your risk of developing a hearing problem such as tinnitus, partial or permanent hearing loss and deafness.

  • The supplier of the defective earplugs would send 15,000 packages to the military every year, which means that millions of veterans may come to struggle with a form of hearing impairment today. It is estimated that 800,000 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans have been injured by using the 3M Combat Arms earplugs.
  • Furthermore, people who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom are 4 times more likely to develop hearing loss than the general population. To make matters worse, because the defective earplugs have not been recalled and because numerous vendors are not aware that they have a faulty design, they may still be supplied to military members today.

Legal assistance for veterans injured by 3M earplugs

If you developed a hearing impairment as a result of using the defective 3M earplugs, you are eligible for compensation both from the liable company and from the VA.

With over 25 years of experience in providing quality assistance to veterans, our attorneys are here to help you file a claim to recover the compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional distress.

While the process is very complex, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to send your attorney your military and medical records, documents that will be used to support your claim. For additional information, as well as for a free of charge case review, please contact our law firm and we will gladly help you.

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