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3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2)

If you served in the military from 2003 to 2015, you were likely issued 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2). These earplugs were supposed to protect a service member’s hearing while he or she was performing their duties.

In 2018, a whistleblower came forward and warned the U.S. government of a design flaw in the earplugs. The earplugs were determined to be too short and could loosen, making them less effective. Service men and women using the earplugs for a long period of time could suffer hearing loss or tinnitus. The whistleblower claimed that 3M was aware of the design flaw and sold the ear plugs to the government anyway.

After an extensive investigation, the Justice Department achieved a settlement with 3M, which included an award to the government of $9.1 million. Individual service members may be entitled to compensation for their tinnitus or hearing loss by filing their own legal action as part of a mass tort claim. To participate in the claim, you must have served in the military from 2003 to 2015 and received a diagnosis of tinnitus or hearing impairment at or around the time of your discharge from the military.

If you or a loved one used the 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) while serving in the military, and have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, our lawyers can help you determine if you qualify for compensation. To learn more, schedule a free consultation online or call us at 888-395-7576. We serve clients in Delaware from our office in Wilmington.