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What Was Wrong With 3M Earplugs?


For 13 years, Armed Forces members were given earplugs that turned out to be defective. These defects led to injuries for service members that lead to hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance issues. We discuss what 3M earplugs were meant to do and how they failed at protecting military members.

What the Earplugs Were Meant to Do

During combat, military members are exposed to extremely loud noises from gunfire, aircraft, tanks, and bombs. These noises are so loud that they can easily damage the ear and hearing ability. To prevent this, soldiers are given earplugs designed specifically to seal and protect the ear from the extremely loud noises in a combat setting.


The distinct yellow and olive green 3M earplugs were advertised to:

  • Have a dual-protection design

  • Allow wearers to hear low-level sounds when the yellow side was inserted

  • Protect all noise on the other side


Image of 3M earplugs

What the Earplugs Failed to Do

Unfortunately, the earplugs were made defectively and did not do the job that they were advertised for. The earplugs were too short to be fully inserted into the wearer’s ear. After the soldiers inserted the earplugs, they would then become gradually looser and fail to protect the user’s ear from the surrounding loud noises.

How We Can Help You

It’s an unbelievably sad reality the individuals who risked their lives to protect our rights were not given the proper protection they should have been. Veterans across the country are now suing 3M for injuries related to these defective earplugs.


If you or a loved one is an affected veteran of the 3M defective earplugs, turn to Vollor Law Firm, P.A. for help. We are dedicated to helping veterans pursue compensation for the injuries they sustained and holding negligent parties accountable. You fought for our rights, and now it’s time for us to fight for yours.


Contact our firm at (662) 269-6188 to schedule your free consultation with a Mississippi personal injury attorney.

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