At 3M, we are committed to using science and innovation to improve lives and solve the world’s biggest challenges, including those faced by the U.S. military. 3M has great respect for the brave men and women who protect us around the world, and their safety is our priority. We have a long history of partnering with the U.S. military, and we continue to make products to help protect our troops and support their missions.
3M has supplied Combat Arms Earplugs to the U.S. military for more than a decade and continues to do so. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus have been widely acknowledged for decades as common injury risks in combat and off-duty situations. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, today these conditions are by far the most prevalent service-connected injuries. The Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) product represents a significant innovation in hearing protection – it was the first earplug product to offer protection from loud sounds – like gunfire – while maintaining the ability to hear softer sounds – like speech – with limited interruption. The company worked in close coordination with the U.S. military on the CAEv2 product, and its design reflected features requested and accepted by individuals acting on the military’s behalf.
Currently, the CAEv2 product is the subject of litigation and recent media reporting. As we will continue to demonstrate, the CAEv2 product was effective and safe to use. We are confident in our case and stand prepared to defend ourselves against plaintiffs’ allegations.
Learn more about the CAEv2 product here.