What Should I Know About A Settlement with 3M for Hearing Loss Caused by Combat Earplugs?


Were in an active duty combat zone between the years of 2003 and 2015? Did you wear Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2)? Are you experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus? If so, you could be owed compensation and should speak to a lawyer about the settlement with 3M for hearing loss caused by Combat Earplugs.


In July 2018, a judge ordered 3M to pay $9.1 million settlement to those who have been affected by their Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) which were found to have been defective. The company admitted the product had a serious design affect which caused them to become loose in the ear. This unknowingly allowed in loud sounds into the ear canal, such as explosions, gun fire, and aircraft. For those who wore the earplugs and were affected by the defect, hearing loss and tinnitus is a very possible medical condition.


If you were serving in active duty in any branch of the military between 2003 and 2015, and suffering a hearing related medical problem, you may be entitled to a settlement, please call Mceldrew Young.


Who Used Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2)?

The Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) were standard issue earplugs to servicemen and servicewomen who were in the following:


  • The War in Afghanistan
  • The Iraq War
  • The War in North-West Pakistan
  • American-led intervention in Syria
  • Yemeni Civil War
  • War in Somalia
  • Operation Ocean Shield
  • American-led intervention in Libya


Hearing loss or a constant ringing in the ears can have a catastrophic impact on a person’s life. Tinnitus can cause the person to be unable to concentrate or sleep. Hearing loss can hinder the ability to communicate with others or maintain relationships. Exacerbated symptoms of PTSD, depression, and social isolation can ensue with either condition.


What the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Says

According to the Veteran Affairs, at least 2.7 million U.S. military veterans are receiving partial or full disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus. The number may be higher, as it is likely that some personnel have a delayed onset of symptoms or don’t notice them. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control suggest that:


  • Veterans have a 30 percent higher risk than non veterans to suffer from impaired hearing.
  • After 2014, at least 933,000 veterans were receiving disability benefits for hearing loss and 1.3 million veterans were receiving disability benefits for tinnitus.
  • Veterans who served in the military after September 2001 are 4 times more likely to have hearing loss.


Common Symptoms of Hearing Loss

The symptoms of hearing loss include:


  • Difficulty to communicate or understand speech
  • Difficulty to hear on the phone
  • Hearing mumbling
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of balance

As a 3M hearing loss lawyer, we are committed to getting justice for your hearing loss or tinnitus. We are currently reviewing cases that involve 3M Dual-ended Combat Arms earplug (CAEv2). Compensation for medical care, physical damages, loss of income, and more may be available.


To find out if you have an option to receive a settlement with 3M for hearing loss caused by combat earplugs, please call us at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt today.