3M Earplug Lawsuit
Mass Tort / MDL
Justice For Everyone
Investigation Into Military Hearing Loss, Tinnitus Caused By Defective Earplugs
Active duty military or veterans between 2002 and 2015 were issued military ear plugs.
If you were one, did you experience tinnitus or hearing loss despite this “hearing protection”?
The hearing protection that was issued was defective and may have caused your hearing problems. You may be entitled to compensation.
In the 13 years between 2002 and 2015, members of the military were issued defective ear plugs – 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) found that these earplugs were defective. They were too short to properly fit in the ear. Their use could lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, and hearing impairment.
3M, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of these earplugs, set aside $9.1 million to resolve these allegations. While the company admitted no wrongdoing, it did knowingly sell defective earplugs to the military. The earplugs, Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, were standard issue for combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2002 and 2015.
3M Combat Arms Earplugs Settlement: A Summary
Some facts about veterans’ hearing loss:
- Members who served after September 2001 are 4x more likely to have hearing loss.*
- Veterans are 30% more likely to have hearing loss than non-veterans. *
- 933,000 veterans received benefits for hearing and 1.3 million received benefits for tinnitus, in 2014. **
You Served. You Deserve to be Compensated for Damages Done to You.
If you’re a veteran who served between 2002 and 2015, or you have a loved one that did, and have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, you may receive significant compensation.