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Soldier facing away from the camera in an outdoor setting, the landscape is bleak and it appears to be winter. The plants are not in bloom, the trees have no leaves. The soldier has a full uniform on with binoculars and earphones.

3M is accused of knowingly manufacturing and distributing faulty earplugs to the military.

When asked if it was OK for Aearo, a company owned by 3M, to sell a product and conceal information that would have a negative effect on soldiers, Martin Salon, the former vice president at Aearo, replied, “Yes.”

The negative effect service-members and combat veterans have reported include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
  • Permanent hearing damage
  • Deafness

Read more about how 3M earplugs may have caused hearing loss for our military