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Old 01-24-2019, 02:58 PM
 
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Not going to provide links to attorneys. There’s a class action lawsuit involving the double ended ear plugs issued to military starting in 2003. The government filed suit against the company alleging the company knew the plugs were defective thanks to information from a whistleblower. The company, 3M, settled and the settlement went to the government. If you were issued these plugs and have had some damage to hearing then you may qualify to get in on the suit if you wish to do so.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Care to show us a picture of the offending ear plug? We always wore those yellow barrel-shaped ear plugs. No problems with them. I still have excellent hearing, even after 5000+ hours in a C-130.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:38 PM
 
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It's the stepped tapered conical yellow and black ones.
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:17 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Picture is at: https://www.rpwb.com/consumer-protec...plugs-lawsuit/

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3M’s Combat Arms Ear Plugs Caused Hearing Damage to U.S. Veterans



RPWB attorneys are investigating cases from veterans nationwide who suffered partial or total hearing loss as a result of defective Combat Arms Ear Plugs, which were distributed by the U.S. military for many thousands of soldiers, including those headed to combat zones, from 2003 to 2015.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I've never even seen those. Just as well, considering they appear to be defective.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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lol. I still have a bunch of those. Army stuff is loud, who would have thunk it. Let's sue.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:52 AM
 
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lol. I still have a bunch of those. Army stuff is loud, who would have thunk it. Let's sue.
Exactly my point of view. Oh, you mean I can have degraded hearing firing rockets, blowing stuff up, shooting heavy machine guns and being around loud machinery in the military? Is this not to be expected to a degree?
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Old Yesterday, 01:52 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I've never even seen those. Just as well, considering they appear to be defective.
I have never seen them either... I retired from the service in 1990, so I guess that's why I didn't get any. "
double ended ear plugs issued to military starting in 2003."

I use to buy civilian rubber ear plugs with valves for use at ranges and when we flew...
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Old Today, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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yeah I was issued them when I went to Iraq. Didn't use them because I didn't have to fire my weapon nor would I. I still had my orange fluted plugs that worked well. I didn't like the looks of those so I never wore them. I have hearing loss anyway as well as a serious case of tinnitus. Comes with the territory of being a mechanic.

AlaskaErik I am surprised that you still have no hearing loss with your job in the Air Guard. But even in spite of my hearing loss I still hear better than my wife by far She was never in the army.
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Old Today, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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AlaskaErik I am surprised that you still have no hearing loss with your job in the Air Guard. But even in spite of my hearing loss I still hear better than my wife by far She was never in the army.

We were supposed to wear those yellow foam earplugs and then our headset. And I certainly did. Religiously. The ones who skipped the earplugs now have hearing loss. A bunch of us meet on a regular basis and most of them wear hearing aids. Now I'm really glad I was so conscientious about using double protection.
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