Our ears need proper blood flow to function their best. The inner ear is very sensitive to changes in blood flow. When there isn’t enough blood flow to the inner ears, it can cause nerve damage, which impacts the ability to hear. According to ENT today, the nerves in the inner ear are so sensitive that they are often the first to be affected by cardiovascular disease.
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