It was recently discovered that 3m combat arms earplugs could have contributed to hearing loss or tinnitus with its users. If you’ve used these types of earplugs in the past and now suffer from hearing loss in Texas, you might be entitled to compensation.
Where were 3m earplugs used?
The 3m earplugs were the brand most used among members of the United States military to protect their hearing when handling firearms or being exposed to explosions either in active-duty or in training.
These earplugs were standard issue from 2003 until 2015. They were supposed to be hearing protection when handling firearms or other combat weapons. However, a lawsuit from 2016 found that these plugs were defective, potentially causing long-term damage.
Who would have been affected?
If you served in a United States military branch and remember using this brand of earplugs between 2003 and 2015 and now have hearing loss, you might be entitled to compensation under product liability law. If you don’t remember, here are some indicators as to who might be eligible:
- Service members who were deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq between 2003 and 2015
- Service members who had to use earplugs to protect their ears during combat operations, extended training periods, or other noises from vehicles or aircraft.
- Service members who used earplugs while working at the Shaw Air Force Base, the Marine Corp Recruiting Depot at Parris Island, the Naval Weapons Station Charleston and Fort Jackson.
What if I believe I’ve been affected?
Thousands of military members come back from service with permanently damaged ears. If you believe that your hearing was permanently altered or damaged as a result of using these defective earplugs, reach out to a lawyer today to learn about your options.