Over a million US troops were needlessly exposed to the risk of hearing loss due to defective combat earplugs. Countless soldiers now suffer from permanent hearing deficits because the dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs provide by the US military were too short. The manufacturer, 3M Company, has acknowledged falsifying combat earplug test results. The Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEV2) that were not long enough to fit snug inside the ear canal. As a result, they would loosen provide no protection. Service members who have used these dual-ended Combat Arms™earplugs in combat zones are now filing lawsuits.
Who was placed at risk of hearing loss?
All active military branches deployed from 2003-2015 may have been issued defective combat earplugs. The earplugs that placed men and women at risk are yellow and dark green. It is pictured above. Millions of unsafe earplugs were routinely distributed to service members in active combat zones and even in training bases. Hundreds of thousands of troops have been affected.
Qualifications to bring a claim:
- Served in US military from 2003-2015
- Used 3M Combat Arms earplugs during service
- Diagnosed with unilateral/bilateral hearing loss or tinnitus
The Federal Department of Justice prosecuted 3M Company in a criminal action. 3M Company acknowledged it fraudulently sold the government defective earplugs and paid a $9.1 million dollar fine. They admitted to manipulating the earplugs test results to meet the U.S. governments required product standards. But the harm has already been done to service members and veterans. Thousands of veterans are seeking compensation for lost earning potential, medical bills, hearing aids or costs to help compensate for their disability.
If you or a loved one has suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after using defective combat earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the defective earplug lawyers at the Yost Legal Group for a free initial consultation today. The Yost Legal Group combat earplug attorneys will investigate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. Please contact the Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW.