If you are a US military veteran, or active service member who served between the years of 2003 and 2015, were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, and suffer from service-connected tinnitus or hearing loss, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the company 3M. 3M bought out the company Aearo Technologies in the early 2000s where the company had already been manufacturing faulty earplugs. The problem with the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, is that the stem connecting the two ends of the earplug was too short. This made it to where either side could not be properly put in all the way. This led to sound being able to travel around the sides of the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 which led to the ability of the high frequencies noises to damage service members ears. 3M was aware of this at the time of manufacturing and manipulated results to make the earplugs appear as properly made for use around loud sound. The company 3M continued to sell the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to the US military knowing that they were defective and did not protect the users from the high volume sounds around them. The company 3M purposefully did not disclose this information to the US military or its users. If you are a service member or veteran who served between 2003 to 2015 and believe you may have been affected by being issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, take action now. Call Phipps Deacon Purnell PLLC to have your case evaluated to be represented for compensation against 3M and find out more information on the 3M combat earplugs suit.
When dealing with noise-induced hearing loss, there are an array of possible symptoms you may find yourself dealing with. Some of these symptoms can include:
- Sensitivity to sound
- A general decrease in volume
- Difficulty hearing certain frequencies
- Experiencing tinnitus
- Distortion in hearing
Veterans and service members who are experiencing noise-induced hearing loss may also have a hard time understanding and fully picking up on voices as consonants become harder to hear.
Noise-induced hearing loss may affect only one or both ears, and the damage done is permanent. The sound of the high intensity sounds that the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 failed to protect veterans and service members ears from may have led to the permanent injury of hearing cells, which are unable to regenerate or be restored.
Tinnitus is a symptom of noise-induced hearing loss that can also affect your hearing and can cause disruption to your life. Tinnitus is most often described as ringing sound but may take on the form of buzzing, hissing, humming, or clicking. The sounds are commonly either soft or loud and are low pitched or high pitched. These sounds usually are gradually heard. Symptoms can be experienced in one or both ears. Tinnitus may be intermittent or chronic, with chronic cases sometimes causing psychological issues. Additional symptoms that can be caused by tinnitus include anxiety, depression, and/or sleep problems. Tinnitus can also make it hard to concentrate and stay focused. Tinnitus is a common symptom of hearing-induced hearing loss caused by exposure to intense and loud sounds. This is because when the inner ear is damaged from the effect of the loud noises, they are not able to regenerate and the damage can cause tinnitus to start along with your hearing loss.
Loud noises that can contribute to causing you to have tinnitus include, but are not limited to:
- Loud background noise
- Being in helicopters
- Being surrounded by loud machinery
- Prolonged exposure to high volume noises
- Short term exposure to Hugh volume noises
When 3M sold the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to the US Military, they knew that products were defective and could not perform at minimum standards. This is why the suit is being brought against them, along with private suits as well. The 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 was too short to fully fit into the ear properly, causing them to loosen and lose effectiveness. Prolonged and even short time exposure to the loud noises due to the faulty 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 are the causes for the hearing loss or damage you may have been starting to experience. If you served in the US military in the years that 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 were issued and were required to use them, you may now be experiencing hearing problems. Contact Phipps Deacon Purnell PLLC to see if you may be eligible for monetary compensation from the company 3M. Any veterans or service members looking to involve themselves in a lawsuit against 3M will not have any effect on VA benefits as the lawsuit will be against the US Military contractor 3M, not the US military itself.
Some military bases located in and around San Antonio that may have been affected by the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 include:
- Fort Bliss
- Camp Bullis
- Fort Hood
- Randolph Air Force Base
- Fort Sam Houston
- Brooks City Base
- Lackland Air Force Base
- Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Military bases throughout Texas and the rest of the United States have been affected as well. If you were stationed at any of these bases from 2003 to 2015 and experienced hearing loss or tinnitus, contact Phipps Deacon Purnell to take action now and find out if you are eligible for financial compensation from 3M.