If you used 3M dual-sided Combat ArmsTM earplugs and have hearing damage or loss, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation
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3M Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2)


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Did you serve in the military between 2003 and 2015?*

Did you or a loved one use 3M/Aero Technologies yellow and green dual-ended combat armsTM earplugs?*

Have you or loved one been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus?*

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According to the Department of Defense, symptoms of combat-related hearing problems include

  • Difficulty hearing someone talking three feet away
  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying
  • Buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • A feeling of “fullness” in the ears after leaving a noisy area, such as a concert venue



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The 3M Company sold about 2.2 million defective dual-ended Combat ArmsTM version 2 (CAEv2) earplugs to the US military between 2003 and 2015. The earplugs were used for training and in war zones around the world by active duty, Reserve and National Guard members in all five services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard). The earplugs are non-linear or selective attenuation earplugs, which offer two options:

  • If worn in the closed or blocked position (olive end in), the earplugs are designed to block sound like traditional earplugs
  • If worn in the open or unblocked position (yellow end in), the earplugs are designed to block or significantly reduce loud impulse sounds, such as explosions, while allowing quieter noises, such as commands and approaching enemy combatants, to be heard
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The design made achieving a proper fit difficult. The earplugs tended to loosen over time as they were worn, allowing damaging levels of noise to enter the ear canal. In 2016, a whistleblower lawsuit was filed, which determined that 3M and Aearo Technologies, who designed and first produced the earplugs:

  • Knew the dual-ended Combat ArmsTM version 2 earplugs were defective as early as 2000
  • Failed to disclose the defect to the US military
  • Supplied the defective earplugs to the US military from 2003 to 2015
  • Put hundreds of thousands of military personnel at risk of hearing loss without their knowledge

In 2018, 3M and the Department of Justice reached a settlement for $9.1 million in a False Claims Act lawsuit. As part of the settlement, the whistleblower will receive $1,911,000. Although there has been a settlement, little has been done to alert current and former military service members who may have suffered serious hearing loss or damage. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are eligible for financial compensation for hearing loss related to your military service.


If you used 3M dual-sided Combat ArmsTM Earplugs (CAEv2) between 2003 and 2015, and have been diagnosed with hearing damage or loss, you may have a claim for significant financial compensation. Hearing damage may include:

About 1.5 million military personnel in all five services, including the Reserves and National Guard, were in training or were deployed to combat theatres between 2003 and 2015, many of whom may have used the defective earplugs and suffered hearing damage or loss. You may have a claim if you have hearing damage or loss and were in training in the United States or served in a combat theatre between 2003 and 2015 anywhere in the world, including:

Hearing loss is one of the most common problems affecting current and former members of the military. Worse, it is often linked to depression and anxiety. If you were in training or served overseas between 2003 and 2015, and suffered hearing damage or loss, please contact one of our legal experts today for a free, no obligation consultation to determine your eligibility for your part of the $9.1 million settlement.


Our specialists have many years of experience in product liability lawsuits, including cases similar to the 3M dual-sided Combat ArmsTM Earplugs (CAEv2) hearing loss case. Contact us today and one of our experienced, dedicated professionals will determine your eligibility for financial compensation for your military related hearing damage or loss. You will not be charged anything for the consultation. If you are entitled to compensation, you can use the money to help pay costs associated with your hearing damage or loss, including:

You also may be entitled to punitive damages. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to evaluate your military hearing-loss claim.


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