he US military no longer issues the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) which were products manufactured by 3M Company. It was found that the earplugs didn’t provide full protection of the ear canal and as a result, could cause an increased risk of hearing loss and tinnitus.
These earplugs were given to soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2003 and 2015. Anyone who was enlisted during these 12 years, was issued the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and is suffering from hearing damage may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation.
Hearing damage is the number one disability found among US Veterans. Ear protection such as 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs are supposed to protect our troops from damaging levels of noise, but these products failed to perform. It is because of these defective devices that our troops are now suffering from symptoms of hearing loss and tinnitus.
In order to successfully file a lawsuit claiming that 3M knowingly manufactured and sold ineffective earplugs, it is important to know the health problems associated with these earplugs.
The number one disability among military personnel and veterans is hearing loss. This is because soldiers are exposed to extremely loud sounds such as gunfire, explosions, and machinery. The use of ear protection can help prevent hearing damage but there is still a high chance of damage to the ear canals.
Hearing loss can be permanent for some veterans and most end up having to get hearing aids. In some cases, conductive hearing loss can be treated with medication or surgery. Conductive hearing loss is characterized by damages to the eardrum and middle structures of the ear.
Veterans suffering from hearing loss begin to notice their hearing fading away slowly. As people speak, it will become increasingly difficult to hear what they say and it may seem like people are just mumbling to them. Hearing loss can be classified by different levels:
This symptom is linked to hearing loss and is known as the perception of sound when there is actually no noise. Tinnitus is commonly called “ringing in the ears,” and includes many different sounds such as:
Tinnitus is one of the most common health conditions in America, affecting millions of people. Many US Veterans experience tinnitus as a result of their hearing loss. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, about 50 million Americans suffer from some type of form of Tinnitus. There are two types of tinnitus:
As it is common for military personnel to experience hearing damage, it is essential that the proper prevention methods are taken. Some hearing protective devices include:
Military personnel who answer yes to the following questions may be eligible for compensation:
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