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3M Facing Civil Lawsuits for Defective Earplugs

Isabella Bailey1 year ago


Service members are expected to join an upcoming lawsuit over faulty earplugs issued to the U.S. military.

About the Defective 3M Earplug Lawsuit

According to, a lawsuit is expected to be filed Friday, March 8, against 3M Company (3M), a military contractor accused of deliberately selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military. Approximately 25 former and current service members are expected to claim damages.

The earplugs were found to be too short, meaning they didn’t always provide adequate hearing protection and led to long-lasting damage. Millions of the defective earplugs were sold to the military from 2003 to 2015, and in 2018 3M settled a suit for failing to disclose the product defect. There have been 319 suits brought against 3M so far.

About Tinnitus and Hearing Loss

Tinnitus is a hearing condition that takes the form of sounds only one person can hear. These sounds can include:

  • Ringing
  • Hissing
  • Screeching
  • Buzzing
  • Whooshing

Hearing loss has varying degrees, and symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty understanding words
  • Muffling of speech and sound
  • Difficulty hearing consonants
  • Needing to turn up TV or radio volume
  • Withdrawal from conversations

Do You Suffer from Tinnitus or Hearing Loss Caused by Defective 3M Earplugs?

If you were issued 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs while in the military and now suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. For the past 25 years, our experienced product liability attorneys haven handled a multitude of defective product cases and have litigated against some of the largest companies in the world. Our extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.


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