From 2003 - 2015, the U.S. military distributed Dual Sided 3M Combat Arms Earplugs to thousands of unknowing American soldiers. This includes those who served in combat zones from 2003 - 2015.
The earplugs were originally manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which was later acquired by corporate behemoth 3M Company. However, reports
show that these dual ended/reversible earplugs may have been dangerously defective because of a design flaw. In turn, the defect contributed to the hearing difficulties and suffering of service members issued the earplugs.
While 3M recently recalled the earplugs, innocent service men and women still experience painful consequences from using the harmful earplugs they placed their trust in as they served our country.