Dizziness is a general term used to describe a sense of feeling faint, lightheaded, woozy or unsteady. When dizziness has a false sense of spinning or moving it is called vertigo. Dizziness can range from being a slight nuisance to completely incapacitating. Dizziness is rarely a life threatening condition but it is important to see a doctor urgently if the dizziness is associated with severe headache, uncontrolled vomiting, changes in speech, vision or hearing, fainting, chest pain, numbness or weakness, high fevers or recent head injury. Not all patients with dizziness need to see an ENT doctor but it may be helpful in the following situations: if the dizziness has spinning or “vertigo,” feeling of ear plugging or pressure, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, pain in the ears, recurrent ear infections, drainage from the ears, or dizziness that comes about with changes in body position. It is always wise to discuss your symptoms with your primary care doctor as well since dizziness may have many other causes not related to the ears.