DJ Joseph Alpern is suing Walgreens for $640,000; he claims that he purchased earplugs from the company that were defective.

He purchased the earplugs in 2013 in anticipation of a job at a loud nightclub in New York. Alpern claims that after working the job for several hours, whilst using the earplugs, he took them out and was met with “an immediate sharp pain, accompanied by a ringing sound”. He said that the pain remained for six months, with constant ringing in both ears and the inability to sleep on his right side. To this day he still experiences pain, fatigue, and trouble listening to music at normal volumes.

In light of the incident, Alpern visited a specialist who said that he had suffered permanent nerve damage in his ears. The specialist believes that the damage is likely due to the earplugs being sealed too tightly, so that when he pulled them out it stretched his eardrum.