Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if I was issued the defective 3M Earplugs while I was serving in the Military?

The defective 3M combat earplugs that caused the hearing damage and tinnitus were standard issue for U.S. military members from 2003 to 2015 to servicemen and women in both combat zones and during training. Military engagements in which defective 3M earplugs were issued include:

  • The Iraq War
  • War in Afghanistan
  • War in North-West Pakistan (part of War on Terror)
  • War in Somalia
  • Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean
  • American-led intervention in Libya (2011- part of Libyan Crisis)
  • American-led intervention in Iraq (2014 – 2017)
  • American-led intervention in Syria (2014 to present)
  • Yemeni Civil War (2015 to present)
  • American Intervention in Libya (2015 to present)

Who is eligible to file a claim?

Many men and women serving on behalf of our country have filed lawsuits against 3M Company (“3M”) in connection with the company’s provision of 3M Combat Arms Earplug by contract with the US government. Legislation states that 3M, as well as its predecessor Aearo Technologies, Inc., falsely marketed the earplugs as effective and knowingly distributed defective products to the US military. Compensation may be available for individuals who:

  • Served in Military Between 2003 and 2015
  • Issued Dual-End or Reversible Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2)
  • Have Been Diagnosed with Hearing Loss or Tinnitus (Ringing in Ear)
Submit our FREE claim evaluation form or call us toll-free at (877) 516-0124 to find out if you are eligible.

How were 3M Combat Earplugs defective?

The earplugs at issue were specifically created for use by military personnel. The olive-colored end of the earplug was designed to block all sound. The yellow-colored end was designed to reduce impulse noises (e.g. explosions), but still allow servicemen and women to hear voices and other, quieter sounds. Studies have demonstrated that the short length of the earplugs allowed the seal to became loose, thus negating the noise-blocking feature. Sadly, the resultant damage caused medically recognized conditions, including tinnitus; tinnitus presents in varying ways, which include relatively minimal consequences (e.g. intermittent buzzing or hissing in the ear) to far more severe effects (e.g. constant ambient noise and total hearing loss). Under any circumstance or clinical diagnosis, this condition can have a severe effect on those that have served our country and may be handling contemporaneous struggles that accompany a return home from service. If you or a loved one served in the United States Military between 2003 and 2015 and have suffered a hearing-related medically recognized condition, submit our FREE claim evaluation form or call us toll-free at (877) 516-0124 to find out if you are eligible for compensation.

Will receiving a settlement from 3M for my hearing loss affect my VA benefits?

No. If you are a veteran receiving disability benefits, a personal injury settlement will not affect those benefits. Disability benefits are given based on injury to the veteran and are not based on income or financial need. Because it is not based on income, this will not stop or decrease your disability benefits, regardless of whether it is a lump sum or structured payout. However, needs-based or income-based benefits could be affected. Submit our FREE claim evaluation form or call us toll-free at (877) 516-0124 to find out if you are eligible.

Will this cost me anything?

No. You will never be charged unless we collect money for you! The consultation is completely free. Speak to one of our experienced claim specialists today.