Defective Earplugs And Hearing Damage: What Is Tinnitus?


Between 2003 and 2015, many military servicemembers wore earplugs manufactured by 3M. Unfortunately, those earplugs were defective. As a result, many men and women have developed hearing problems, including tinnitus.

What Is Tinnitus?

According to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus is the sensation of noise in the ears – usually ringing or buzzing.

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a condition itself.

For many military servicemembers, defective 3M earplugs did not block out noise effectively. This noise caused damage to the ear, which for many, has resulted in constant or near-constant ringing or buzzing in the ears.

The Psychological Effects Of Tinnitus

Constant ringing, buzzing, clicking or humming in the ears can have debilitating effects on sufferers. Many people with tinnitus suffer emotionally and psychologically.

Tinnitus can lead to depression and anxiety. It may make it difficult for victims to concentrate, engage in conversations, and have a normal social life. It can be a very isolating condition to live with.

Sufferers of tinnitus have no control over the sound they are hearing.

One study found that the brains of people with tinnitus function differently than those with normal hearing. People with tinnitus were found to have lower emotional processing in the brain.

What Can Servicemembers And Veterans Do?

Individuals who have suffered hearing damage resulting in tinnitus due to defective 3M earplugs may be eligible for compensation.

It is advisable to speak to an attorney to learn about your specific options.

Free consultation: Contact Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner at (713) 222-7211 or send us an email. We represent military servicemembers and veterans nationwide.