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3M Earplugs and Hearing Loss

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Feb 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

 3M Military Earplugs, is an issue that affects our veterans. The Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, or CAEv2, were marketed to the U.S. military as an advanced hearing protection device that could block out high impact noises from the battlefield. These dual-ended earplugs became standard issue for many armed forces members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015. However, unknown to the brave men and women who used them, these earplugs had defects that may be responsible for severe hearing loss. The CAEv2 system was designed to allow rapid switching between the two modes of protection: open/weapons fire mode and closed/constant protection mode. However, due to the fact that the shaft of the earplug is too short and is only effective when a tight seal is maintained, the earplugs could shift imperceptibly, allowing damaging sounds in while still feeling like they were in place. This may have permanently damaged millions of soldiers' ability to hear, leaving them with lifelong disabilities. The defect was known as early as 2000, yet the earplugs were still marketed to the military as effective in preventing hearing loss. 3M should be held responsible for putting millions of service people at risk of hearing loss and tinnitus.

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Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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