Ringing Ears & Hearing Loss? Defective Military Earplugs Could Be To Blame
Background: US Military Issues 3M Combat Arms Earplugs™ to Deployed Soldiers
The Combat Arms Earplugs™ were designed to block harmful soundwaves and protect the ear drum. The CAEv2 earplugs were manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which was bought by 3M in 2008.
The earplugs were distributed to millions of United States Military service members between the years 2003-2015 for standard use. They were intended to protect the ear drum from high amplitude waves, such as explosives or artillery fire. Millions of dollars of earplugs were issued to soldiers deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot spots around the globe.
Defective CAEv2 Earplugs Place Troops in Danger of Tinnitus
However, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency was unaware of a defective design, which caused the earplugs to be inserted incorrectly which made them ineffective. Many thousands of current and former US Military members suffered devastating hearing loss and other hearing issues like tinnitus.
3M reportedly violated the False Claims Act by continuing to sell the earplugs while being fully aware of their defect. They knew this product failed specific safety requirements as early as 2000. In addition, they falsified test results and never mentioned the design defect to their purchasers. 3M agreed to a $9.1 million payout, but refused to accept fault for deceiving consumers.
Commonly Reported Side Effects Include:
- Ringing or buzzing noise (Tinnitus)
- Hearing loss
Presently, about 2.6 million veterans are receiving disability compensation for permanent ear drum damage. Hearing loss remains the most common service-related disability for US veterans to this day.
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If you or a loved one has experienced hearing damage due to the Combat Arms Earplugs™, the experienced attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley can help you pursue just compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you have endured. Contact us today for a free consultation by submitting the short form on this page, or by calling us 24/7 at (214) 526-7900.