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Lawsuits target maker of earplugs that may have been faulty

Police officers, construction workers and many other professionals who put their lives and safety on the line at work struggle with the risks they encounter. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often specifically designed to protect people and their senses from damage or destruction due to threats on the job.

One of the basics for people who work around loud noises is ear protection, which may take the form of exterior shell headphones or interior earplugs. A major brand of earplugs is implicated in a new series of lawsuits that claim they did not sufficiently protect military personnel from the sounds of battle.

Several veterans, including a Marine from North Carolina, are claiming that tinnitus and noise notch were the results of using these insufficient earplugs. Tinnitus is better known as ringing in the ears and is often the result of nerve damage from excessive sound. Noise notch is a type of degradation of the sense of hearing and higher frequencies of sound are now inaudible.

The earplugs were designed to filter out the sounds of artillery and other percussive gunfire without making it impossible to hear voices around the user. However, users developed tinnitus and hearing loss over the years in which they were commonly in use among soldiers and Marines.

Victims of faulty products and other causes of personal injury may have a case for financial damages to aid with recovery or compensate people for the effects. An attorney can help clarify these options when people are unsure how to proceed. No one should suffer unjustly alone.

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