ear injuries from Defective Military Earplugs

Hundreds of veterans are going after the company that knowingly sold the U.S. Department of Defense defective earplugs to be used in the military. 3M is one of the main manufacturers of the dual-sided Combat Arms Earplugs that were used in the military from 2003 to 2015. Now, many veterans with hearing loss and other auditory injuries are realizing that rather than a side effect of war, their ear injuries were caused by a defective product that the company knowingly sold to the U.S. military.

What are Dual-End Combat Arms Earplugs?

Defective Military EarplugsThe Dual-End Combat Arms Earplugs were so appealing to the Department of Defense because of the two part function of the device. If you flip the earplug one way, you should still be able to hear minimal sounds, such as orders from your commanding office, while wearing the earplugs the other way would provide sufficient protection from damaging sounds of war. Often, extreme sounds can damage the inner earlobe hairs which cause auditory injuries.

Why are the 3M Military Earplugs Considered Defective?

Hearling loss from Defective Military Earplugs

The earplugs are considered defective because they failed to adequately protect soldiers’ ears in a military atmosphere as promised. The earplugs are too short, so once properly inserted, the plug will slowly loosen; making noise protection capabilities ineffective. 3M failed to disclose this defect when selling to the Department of Defense. 3M agreed with the U.S. government to settle for $9.1 million any allegations of defect liability but this provides no actual claim of fault on behalf of the company. Now, many veterans are coming forward to bring an actual claim of liability to the courts to get damages for hearing impairments and to prove the company’s fault.

Contact an Experienced Military Earplug Lawyer Today!

Defective Military Earplugs LawyerIf your or a loved one have used the dual-end Combat Arms Earplugs between the years of 2003 and 2015 while deployed in the military, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other associated losses. Our firm works with experienced defective military earplug lawyers across the country, who are investigating these claims and filing lawsuits on behalf of clients. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, contact our firm today toll free 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a free online contact form.


  1. https://www.boston25news.com/news/lawsuit-alleges-defective-earplugs-led-to-hearing-loss-for-hundreds-of-veterans/951526088
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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