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3M Combat Arms Earplugs

Am I Entitled to Compensation?

Defective Products / Liability

In the summer of 2018, 3M (formerly Aearo Technologies, Inc.) settled a case they had pending with the U.S. Department of Justice. The case involved 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) which were faulty and worn by all branches of the U.S. military both in the Iraq War and in Afghanistan.

The Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) are dual ended with the intention of offering the wearer two levels of protection. One end fits into the ear canal, blocking the loud noises of gunshots, explosions, aircraft, and bombs. The other end sits outside of the ear canal, also blocking noise from entering the ear canal.

The problem with the earplugs is that the portion made to fit inside the ear canal was not long enough. After just a short amount of time of being in the ear, the earplug would loosen imperceptibly and the loud noises troops face every day would enter the ear. Being constantly subjected to these noises can result in hearing loss and tinnitus. These are the conditions currently affecting a large number of veterans. Now, those same veterans can claim compensation for their injuries.

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Muffling of speech
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Trouble hearing consonants
  • Need for increased volume on TV and radio

Soldiers and veterans still have time to file lawsuits for compensation

Fair and just compensation is a phrase used in these lawsuits. While a lawsuit won’t bring your hearing back, it will help you in other ways. Each case is unique, however you can recover fair and just compensation for:

  • Your lost wages
  • Temporary or permanent disability because of your hearing problems
  • Your medical bills
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Your spouse’s loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

If you were issued dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs between 2003 and 2015 and have suffered hearing problems, you may have a valuable claim against 3M.

How can you seek compensation?

An Experienced Law Firm Can:

  1. Help you recover medical expenses and lost income from all responsible parties.
  2. Help you obtain records, case information, legal documents and photographs related to your case.
  3. Track down witnesses that must be found and asked for testimony regarding your Personal Injury case.
  4. Guide you through each step of the legal process and will help minimize potential disruptions to your life so you can focus on your recovery.
  5. Provide expert witnesses that have testified in similar Personal Injury cases that will help with your settlement.
  6. Help educate you about your case and the state laws involved.
  7. Make sure that your Personal Injury case is filed within the statute of limitations for your state.
  8. Can usually tell within a few minutes whether they can help you, and if they can't, maybe direct you to someone who can.


Our firm works on a contingency basis which means you will not be asked to pay any money out of pocket.

This process will be very easy. Please feel free to answer all questions honestly as your information is confidential.

This process will be very easy. Please feel free to answer all questions honestly as your information is confidential.

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3M Combat Arms Earplug Defects Leading to Hearing Loss

Military service members who experienced hearing loss after using dual-ended 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 between 2003 and 2015, may be entitled to compensation.

If you or a loved one have suffered hearing loss after using 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, contact us today to discuss a potential lawsuit.

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