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Hearing loss due to military service?

Compensation may be available from 3M

Veterans who served between 2003 and 2015 may be eligible for compensation for tinnitus and/or hearing loss caused by faulty earplugs designed by 3M. Photo Credit: JM Simpson

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In July of 2018 the Department of Justice announced that the 3M Company, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold for over a decade the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military without disclosing defects which degraded the effectiveness of the hearing protection device.

3M continues to deny that it knowingly designed the earplugs with a defect.

"We believed these earplugs were doing their job," said Army veteran David Henderson on a March 2019 edition of CBS This Morning, "and the basic expectation is to rely on your training and equipment, and here was a company deliberately lying for money and hurting service members."

Fellow veteran Joseph Junk agreed; he said he does not know what "quiet" means to him anymore.

Both served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As a result, they and thousands of military personnel who served between 2003 and 2015, who used 3M earplugs and were diagnosed with or suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus may be eligible for compensation.

Tinnitus is the most common disability service members suffer from with 2.7 million receiving benefits for it.

To begin the process of applying for compensation, veterans should visit    

Once there, all that service members have to do is fill out the information on the page; they will be contacted to see if they qualify.

What is more, veterans can also receive help in appealing their current Veterans Administration benefits or help them obtain VA benefits as a result of their hearing loss.

Applying for eligibility for compensation due to hearing loss will not negatively impact the veteran's current VA benefits.

When applying for compensation, every effort will be made to qualify veterans and, if need be, to increase their existing rating or to file a new claim for disability benefits.

Thanks for listening.


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