Resources & Information for Veterans
Combat ArmsTM Specifications and Reported 'Benefits'
Below are highlighted some of the claimed benefits and data extracted from the original document hosted on the 3M website. Note: This document has since been removed from the site in question, however, our attorneys managed to locate a copy of this document and have published it on this website, on the Dual-Ended Combat ArmsTM Earplugs Specifications Document page.
3MTM Defective Ear Plugs
Hearing Loss in Veterans
The VA continues to research hearing loss through their audiology program and cotinued results of their research is regularly published. We have extracted some of this information, the most relevant in our opinion and shared it for your convenience.
From The US Department of Veterans Affairs
- 1 million + Veterans were receiving disability compensation for hearing loss*.
- 1.45 million received compensation for tinnitus*.
- Veterans with tinnitus frequently have anxiety, depression, or both
*At the close of the 2015 fiscal year
Source: VA Research on Hearing Loss
The Correlation of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory with Depression and Anxiety in Veterans with Tinnitus
Abstract of the abovementioned research study – please refer to the full copy of the study located here, and referenced below:
The mechanisms of tinnitus are known to alter neuronal circuits in the brainstem and cortex, which are common to several comorbid conditions. This study examines the relationship between tinnitus and anxiety/depression.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS:
Ninety-one male veterans with subjective tinnitus were enrolled in a Veterans Affairs Tinnitus Clinic. The Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) was used to assess tinnitus severity. ICD-9 codes for anxiety/depression were used to determine their prevalence. Pure tone averages (PTA) were used to assess hearing status.
Descriptive analyses revealed that 79.1% of the 91 tinnitus sufferers had a diagnosis of anxiety, 59.3% had depression, and 58.2% suffered from both anxiety/depression. Patients with anxiety had elevated total THI scores as compared to patients without anxiety (p < 0.05). Patients with anxiety or depression had significantly increased Functional and Emotional THI scores, but not Catastrophic THI score. Significant positive correlations were illustrated between the degree of tinnitus and anxiety/depression (p < 0.05). There were no differences in PTA among groups.
A majority of patients with tinnitus exhibited anxiety and depression. These patients suffered more severe tinnitus than did patients without anxiety and depression. The data support the need for multidisciplinary intervention of veterans with tinnitus.
Hu, J., Xu, J., Streelman, M., Xu, H., & Guthrie, O. (2015). The Correlation of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory with Depression and Anxiety in Veterans with Tinnitus. International journal of otolaryngology, 2015, 689375.
Strong Association of Tinnitus with Depression and Anxiety - Updated Review Study
In an updated review of published studies relating to Tinnitus annd the correlation between this with depression and anxiety, published in June of 2017, the authors Ziai, Moshtaghi, Mahboubi and Djalilian (The International Tinnitus Journal) confirmed a strong association between sufferers of Tinnutis and Anxiety and Depression. The full abstract and reference is provided below:
Tinnitus Patients Suffering from Anxiety and Depression: A Review
To review literature on the link between depression and anxiety in patients suffering from tinnitus.
A systematic review of published English-language literature was performed using PubMed, Ovid, and Cochrane databases.
Of the 56 eligible abstracts 15 were chosen to be included in the review. All articles showed an association of depression and anxiety in tinnitus patients.
Because of the strong association between tinnitus, depression, and anxiety- all tinnitus patients should be screened for psychiatric disorders. Treatment for these complex conditions should involve a multidisciplinary team with cognitive behavioral therapy and possible pharmacological therapy.
Ziai K, Moshtaghi O, Mahboubi H, Djalilian HR. Tinnitus Patients Suffering from Anxiety and Depression: A Review. Int Tinnitus J. 2017; 21(1): 68-73
Military Ear Plug Lawsuit
Taken from the above referenced publication:
Months after popular manufacturer 3M reached a more than $9 million settlement to resolve allegations it supplied the U.S. military with defective earplugs, a former Army sergeant has filed his own lawsuit, claiming the gear left him with hearing damage and a constant ringing in his ears. His attorney says his complaint will likely be followed by hundreds more like it.
Scott Rowe, a combat veteran who deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as part of the 411th Military Police Company, filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. He’s seeking unspecified damages for permanent ear damage he alleges was sustained while using the dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs 3M provided to the military under contract.
As was provided by the vet’s attorney, thousands of military ear plug lawsuits are expected to follow.