Minneapolis-based 3M manufactured these dual-ended earplugs for hearing protection from close range firearms and other loud impact noises. Due to the defective design, the earplugs can slightly loosen and subtly move out of the ear canal just enough for the loud sounds to cause hearing damage. According to reports, 3M knew of these design defects, but knowingly sold them to the US military from 2003-2015.
Servicemembers and combat veterans have reported multiple side effects, including:
Our attorneys are investigating claims related to the 3M Combat Arms earplugs and the subsequent hearing loss and tinnitus reported by servicemembers. Military personnel who were diagnosed with these problems after using the defective earplugs may file lawsuits against the manufacturer alleging that 3M knowingly supplied the defective earplugs to servicemembers leaving them vulnerable to hearing damage, hearing loss and tinnitus.