3M Military Earplugs

What Types of Injuries are Associated with 3M Military Earplugs?

If you are a veteran or active military (and even if you are not) you may have heard about the recent whistleblower lawsuit against 3M Company (“3M”) for manufacturing and knowingly selling defective military earplugs to the United States government. As noted in several of our other blog posts, briefly, what happened is that between the years of 2003 to 2015, defense contractor, 3M sold dual-end earplugs (“3M Combat Arms TM Earplugs”) to the U.S. Government, which issued the earplugs to all active military servicemen and women. The earplugs were supposed to protect the servicemember’s ear canals from damaging noises from gunfire or explosions during training or active combat. Unfortunately...

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How Should Your Military Earplugs Fit?

If you are active military serving in combat zones or training for combat, properly fitting earplugs are critical to protect you from permanent partial or full damage to your hearing. Military Earplugs Injuries incurred while serving in the military are not uncommon. Combat and combat training conditions expose servicemen and women to a number or risks. Top among them are hearing loss and hearing-related conditions like tinnitus. Military combat training exposes service members to high-decibel sounds from gunfire and explosions that, without proper hearing protection, can cause life-changing hearing loss or related problems over time. Unfortunately, if you served in the military during the years of 2003 to 2015, you may have...

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3M Military Earplugs: What Went Wrong?

Military service is all about sacrifice. When you join the military, you agree to sacrifice life and limb to protect your country. You accept that. You expect that active duty may expose you to enemy fire and that you could be injured or killed. What you don’t expect —or accept or agree to—is that you could be permanently injured because a government contractor knowingly sold defective products to the U.S. government, which then issued that safety gear to you.  This, is the basic story involving 3M Company’s Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, (“CAEv2”  or “3M Combat Earplugs”). What Happened? During the years of 2003 to 2015, a company called “3M Company”...

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