What are 3M earplugs?

3M Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) are earplugs designed for military personnel and feature a two-sided design. The two-sided design was meant to block out all sound when in the “closed position” and to block out loud sounds, but allow softer sounds in the “open position.” Softer sounds include speech and nearby movements.

The two-sided design would potentially allow soldiers to distinguish speech and commands, but block out harmful and loud sounds.

3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs were standard issue for more than a decade.

 

How are the 3M earplugs defective?

According to the government, the 3M earplugs were “too short for proper insertion in users’ ears,” and failed to form a proper seal in the user’s ear canal. The defect meant the earplugs would loosen in the ear, allowing harmful sounds to unknowingly lead to potential hearing loss and auditory damage.

 

Why file a lawsuit against 3M?

As early as 2000, 3M had become aware of the defects in their earplugs. Auditory tests revealed the defect, rendering the earplugs less effective than communicated. Yet, 3M failed to reveal to the military that the defect existed.

3M intentionally misled the military. Their failure and negligence, according to lawsuits, “has likely caused thousands of soldiers to suffer significant hearing loss and tinnitus.”

“The impact of 3M’s fraud cannot be overstated,” stated Moldex-Metric, Inc. “In addition to the cost borne by the military for its repeated purchases of the defective earplugs, 3M’s fraud has likely contributed to the enormous medical costs associated with treating returning combat soldiers impaired by significant hearing damage and impairment.”

 

Who Does This Involve?

U.S. service members that…

  • served between 2003 and 2015
  • were issued earplugs
  • are suffering hearing loss, tinnitus, or hearing injuries

 

What types of injuries are associated with the defective 3M earplugs?

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Auditory Processing Disorder

 

Would I be pursuing a lawsuit against the military?

No. Taylor King Law is pursuing lawsuits against 3M. We are not pursuing lawsuits against the U.S. Government or the armed services.

 

Is a lawsuit filed against 3M earplugs a class action lawsuit?

No. We are not filing this as a class action. In a class action, a single plaintiff joins a group of plaintiffs. We are filing each case individually. As a mass tort, we will handle your case individually. This also means that we will not get paid unless we reach a settlement on your behalf. There is no cost to you.

 

Who should I contact if I’m interested in filing a lawsuit?

Contact Taylor King today for a free consultation. We are prepared to answer your questions and, if necessary, to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve and to hold 3M accountable. If you suspect that you or someone you know has suffered hearing loss due to defective earplugs while serving our country, call us today at (870) 246-0505 or toll-free at 1(800) 227-9732.

You can also contact us online by filling out a form below or by stopping by any of our five locations across Arkansas. We’ll be on your side, by your side.