If you are a US military veteran or active service member who served from 2003 to 2015 and were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the company 3M. The earplugs that were issued, 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, have been found to cause hearing loss and tinnitus in the service members who used them. When the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 were being manufactured, they made the stem that was supposed to be connecting the two sides of the earplug too short for what was needed. Since the stem was too short, it made it so that either side of the plug could not be fully inserted properly into the ear. This caused the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to not work up to standards. Either side of the plug not fitting in the ear properly could have caused high pitch noise to travel the perimeter of the plug and allow damage to the sensitive parts of your inner ear. It also caused the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 to subtly slip out of the ear without the user noticing. This caused a further possibility of damage occurring to the user’s ears.
The company Aearo Technologies had been making faulty earplugs when they had been purchased by the company 3M. 3M knew about this and did nothing to fix the problem that the earplugs were having. When 3M sold the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, they were known to be defective by the company. This was not disclosed to the US military. The company 3M even manipulated test results to make it seem like they would function correctly. The 3M earplugs lawsuit is being brought on due to the fact that the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 was made shorter than required. This led to the earplugs subtly slipping out of place while in the ear and less effective in blocking out loud noises as needed. If you believe you have been affected by using 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, get in contact with Phipps Deacon Purnell PLLC for both more information and to have your case evaluated and represented.
Some military bases that may have been affected in and around San Antonio include but are not limited to:
- Fort Bliss
- Fort Hood
- Fort Sam Houston
- Camp Bullis
- Brooks City Base
- Lackland Air Force Base
- Randolph Air Force Base
- Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Other military bases outside of San Antonio and around Texas have been affected too. So have other military bases throughout the United States. Phipps Deacon Purnell PLLC is able to evaluate and provide further information to anyone who was stationed at these military bases and others if they served between 2003 to 2015 and we’re issued the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2.
Those who served between 2003 to 2015 and were given 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 may experience different levels of hearing loss or tinnitus. The hearing loss people may be experiencing is called noise-induced hearing loss. When experiencing noise-induced hearing loss, some symptoms you may have are:
- Distorted hearing
- Difficulty picking up certain frequencies
- All-around decrease in volume
- Sensitivity to sound
Noise-induced hearing loss can affect one to both ears and can be life-long. Any veterans or service members experiencing hearing loss may also have a hard time picking up on others speech as the hearing-induced hearing loss makes it hard to pick up on certain letters and consonants. Another problem caused by the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 is tinnitus. Tinnitus is a symptom of a condition, usually hearing loss, that creates sound when there is no sound present. This sound is usually described as a ringing, humming, hissing, or roaring sound. Tinnitus can cause disturbances in daily life and can even sound louder than actual external sounds at times. This symptom can affect either one ear or both ears and can be intermittent or chronic. In chronic cases of tinnitus, psychological issues can occur as well. This can include sleep problems, depression, and/or anxiety. Since the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 were not made properly and were too short to fit properly in the ear when warn, hearing issues can be easily caused. When veterans and service members were exposed to the extremely loud noises around them without proper protection to their ears, it could have caused permanent damage. The damage done to the ears are unable to regenerate themselves and the hearing is not able to be restored. Since the company 3M failed to properly make their equipment that they sold to the US military, service members and veterans may be eligible for financial compensation if they had to wear these 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 and ended up with varying degrees of hearing loss or tinnitus. If you are experiencing any hearing-induced hearing loss or tinnitus and were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 between the years 2003 to 2015, call Phipps Deacon Purnell PLLC to find out more information and get your case evaluated.
Since this lawsuit will be against the Minnesota company 3M that sold products to the US military, and not the US military itself, veterans and service members will not have to worry about their VA benefits being affected.