Earplugs lawsuit

Former Army Sgt. Scott D. Rowe, a combat veteran previously stationed at Fort Hood, is flanked by his attorneys, Mo Aziz, left, and Andrew Cobos during a news conference in Houston in January. Rowe is suing 3M Company over what he says were defective earplugs, causing him permanent hearing loss, tinnitus and poor balance.

Hundreds of local veterans are filing lawsuits against the government contractor 3M Company, alleging that the company provided the military with defective earplugs, officials said.

Lawsuits on the issue have been filed all over the country, saying 3M issued the dual-ended Combat ArmsTM earplugs to U.S. soldiers for over a decade between 2003 and 2015, which resulted in permanent hearing loss, tinnitus and poor balance because the of the detective earplugs.

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GIDave

I was deployed to Iraq 2005-2006 and 2008 to 2009. Before these deployments, and during these deployments, they gave me these yellow/black ear plugs which made me have high frequency loss/tinnitus in my right ear due to explosions, repeated exposure to small -arms fire. Because of this I have headaches, can't sleep and have to take Ambien and have to say "What?" every other word. The whining in my right ear gets so loud I get headaches .. good luck

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