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Thousands of active-duty soldiers and combat veterans have sustained hearing damage while using 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs. Many have been forced to retire or suffered a disability due to hearing loss.

Last Updated: 06-17-2022

Were You Injured by Faulty 3M Earplugs?

3M has been hit with thousands of lawsuits for their faulty earplugs. In the lawsuits, active-duty military and veterans have accused 3M and its subsidiary, Aearo Technologies, of knowingly committing fraud by failing to warn about the earplugs’ defects and falsifying earplug test results. (Aearo initially manufactured the earplugs, and 3M acquired the company in 2008.)

3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs were marketed as serving two main purposes. The olive-colored side was supposed to block out all sound, while the yellow-colored side was intended to allow in quieter sounds (e.g., communication from other soldiers) but reduce loud noises (e.g., gunfire and explosions).

The earplugs were defective because the cone-shaped devices may have been too short for some ear canals, preventing them from being inserted deep enough. The earplugs may eventually work themselves loose, leaving the user unaware that the device has gotten out of place. Once the earplug is no longer all the way in the ear canal, the protection it offers may not be enough.

In 2016, Moldex-Metric Inc., a corporation that makes hearing protection products, filed suit against 3M, claiming the Minneapolis-based multinational corporation committed fraud by knowingly selling defective earplugs to the military. While 3M admitted no wrongdoing, in 2018, they agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. Department of Justice.

If you are an active-duty soldier, military contractor, or veteran who has suffered hearing damage because of these faulty 3M dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation. Veterans with hearing problems who served in the military any time between 2003 and 2015 may be eligible to file a 3M earplug lawsuit.

The experienced New York 3M earplug lawsuit attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are standing by and ready to help. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 so we can discuss your legal options during a free and confidential consultation.

Why Do I Need a 3M Earplug Lawsuit Attorney?

From 2003 to 2015, the Combat Arms earplugs were sold to the U.S. military. There is strong evidence that 3M, the manufacturer, designed the devices in a defective manner and failed to warn military members of the defect. If you were or are currently in the military and are suffering from hearing loss due to defective 3M earplugs, you might be entitled to financial compensation.

However, it is critical that you understand all your rights and legal options prior to taking on a large and powerful multinational corporation. Having an experienced defective product lawyer in your corner will considerably improve the chances you will have a favorable outcome to your case.

A skilled 3M earplug lawsuit attorney will be able to investigate the circumstances of your case to help prove that it was 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs that caused your hearing loss.

Your attorney will be able to provide full legal counsel and effectively communicate with all the involved parties on your behalf. Oftentimes, the other side’s representatives will pressure you to answer questions or provide a statement that could be used to undermine your case. An attorney will prevent that from happening.

In addition, a seasoned attorney will know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies. Insurance adjusters are going to offer victims the smallest amount of compensation they can. An attorney will know how to anticipate all the insurance company’s tricks and tactics to try to diminish your claim.

Who Should I Hire Hach & Rose, LLP?

Hach & Rose, LLP is a highly successful New York-based product liability firm with more than a century of combined experience. Our firm fights tirelessly for our clients who have suffered injuries due to defective products or any other type of negligence.

Our attorneys are proud to have recovered more than 0 Million for our clients. We believe that building strong relationships with our clients allows us to achieve the best results possible. We treat our clients like family. Our clients appreciate how we help and support them through the legal process every step of the way. We are always responsive to any questions or concerns our clients may have.

The highly skilled New York product liability lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP can evaluate your claim and discuss your legal options during a free, no-obligation consultation. We can determine whether you are entitled to seek financial compensation. If we represent you in a 3M earplug lawsuit, our lawyers will handle the case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not have any out-of-pocket expenses and will not be charged any legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you.

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What Are the Risks of Using 3M Earplugs?

The most common side effects linked to the defective 3M earplugs include:

  • Conductive hearing loss: This is damage to the middle ear and eardrum.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss: This is permanent damage to the inner ear and auditory nerve.
  • Tinnitus: A constant ringing or buzzing in the ears that occurs even when there is no noise present.

Other symptoms of combat-related hearing problems include:

  • Trouble hearing someone talking just a few feet away
  • Difficulty making out what people are saying
  • Feeling “fullness” in the ears after leaving a noisy area

According to a study published in the International Journal of Otolaryngology, there is a correlation between veterans with tinnitus and PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The researchers discovered that 34% of the veterans in the four-year study diagnosed with tinnitus also had PTSD. Of the 91 veterans with tinnitus in the study, 79.1% were diagnosed with anxiety, 59.3% had depression, and 58.2% had both anxiety and depression.

Do I Qualify to Participate in a 3M Earplugs Lawsuit?

To participate in a 3M lawsuit, you must show that you suffered a hearing injury after using the military-issued earplugs. There are qualifications you must meet in order to participate in a 3M defective earplug lawsuit. You must have:

  • Served in the military between 2003 and 2015
  • Been issued and used the 3M Combat Arms earplugs
  • Been exposed to loud sounds during military service
  • Been diagnosed with significant hearing loss or tinnitus.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has determined that if your military occupational specialty (MOS) noise exposure level was “moderate” or “highly probable,” they can use your MOS as the reason for your hearing loss. If you were given the 3M earplugs and your noise exposure level was deemed to be at one of those levels, you might qualify for the lawsuit. Some of the veterans with a high probability of experiencing hazardous noise levels include:

  • Infantryman
  • Combat engineer
  • Firefighter
  • Indirect fire infantryman
  • Infantry senior sergeant
  • Field artillery senior sergeant
  • Special forces weapons sergeant
  • Electronic maintenance chief
  • Air traffic control operator
  • Aircraft electrician

Hearing damage can result if an earplug does not function properly, especially if the earplug is intended for the extremely loud environments that military members are regularly exposed to. Hearing loss can be partial or full, and it can range in severity. If you or a loved one meet the criteria, you might be entitled to financial compensation for the damage you’ve sustained from the negligent actions of 3M and their devices.

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Contact a 3M Earplug Hearing Loss Attorney Today

The defective product attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are currently investigating potential 3M Aearo Technologies dual-ended Combat Arms earplug claims. If you suffered tinnitus or hearing loss because you used 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs, contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation. We can review the facts of your case, answer your questions, and address your concerns. If you are eligible, we can take legal action on your behalf.

Possible Compensation for Harm Caused by 3M Earplug

A 3M defective earplugs lawsuit seeks compensation for losses like medical bills, lost wages, and diminished earning potential. The recovery could cover the costs of hearing aids and other measures needed to treat hearing loss. The recovery could also include non-economic losses associated with the injury, like pain and suffering due to not being unable to hear family and friends.

The types and amount of compensation available to you will depend upon the facts and circumstances of your specific case, your particular condition, and how it has affected you. You may be entitled the recover the following types of compensation:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Hearing aids
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

The legal team at Hach & Rose, LLP is standing by to review your eligibility for the 3M earplugs lawsuit at no cost to you. We can help you understand the strength of your case and take legal action on your behalf.

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