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U.S. Military Hearing Loss Claims

We are investigating claims on behalf of United States servicemen and women who have experienced hearing loss and tinnitus.

In July 2018, the United States Justice Department announced it reached an agreement in which a government contractor would pay $9.1 million to resolve claims that it knowingly sold defective earplugs to the United States government for all branches of the United States military. The Department of Justice’s press release can be read HERE.

According to the government’s allegations, Combat Arms™ earplugs were sold to the United States government as part of a multi-million dollar per year contract but did not meet required specifications.

Combat Arms™ earplugs were developed to provide soldiers a single set of earplugs that could be worn in either an open “unblocked” position (yellow end in) to block, or at least significantly reduce, the loud impulse sounds of battle, while still allowing the soldier to hear quieter noises such as commands spoken by fellow soldiers. The earplugs can also be worn in a closed or “blocked” position (olive end in) to block, or at least significantly reduce, all sounds.

You can read more about the settlement and earplugs:

Competitor Blows Whistle on Defective Combat Gear

3M to Pay $9.1 Million Over Defective Military Earplugs

As a result, tens of thousands of United States military members went into combat between 2003 and 2015 wearing Combat Arms™ earplugs that did not adequately protect their hearing, and soldiers may have suffered some form of hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

If you were active in any branch of the military any time between 2003 and 2015 and believe you suffered some of hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears), please call or email us to learn more. You can contact us at info@PaulLLP.com or call us toll free at 855-984-8100.