What are the common causes of giddiness?

The causes of giddiness can be due to many things. Anything that affects the balance system of the body can cause giddiness.

Our sense of balance depends on combined input from various sensory organs.  This includes the brain, inner ear, eyes and circulatory system. 

What inner ear problems cause giddiness?

Inner ear problems usually cause vertigo. Vertigo is a false sensation of your surroundings moving or spinning. 

Common causes of inner ear problems that cause giddiness are:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
    This condition causes a transient vertigo that is usually triggered by change in head movement. It sometimes occurs after a head injury 
  • Infection of the vestibular nerve
    This is also known as vestibular neuronitis and can cause vertigo that lasts for awhile
  • Migraine
    There are some people who have migraine episodes that manifests as vertigo. These episodes may be associated with headaches and usually there are triggering events. 
  • Meniere’s disease
    This condition causes episodic vertigo that may occur together with tinnitus and hearing loss

Is giddiness a serious problem?

Giddiness can be serious as it can increase the risk of falling and injuries. Giddiness if due to brain related issues (such as a stroke) is considered to be an emergency and immediate medical attention should be sought. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first ENT specialist visit?

Your ENT doctor will first take a look at your medical history, find out more about the symptoms you’re experiencing and thereafter perform a thorough physical examination. This may include certain procedures such as flexible nasoendoscopy (a look into your nasal passages with a tiny camera). Your issues will be addressed and a suitable treatment plan will be devised for you.

How do I prepare my child for the first visit to the ENT clinic?

Always talk to your child to prepare them for their ENT visit. Find out more about the issues they’re experiencing so that you can assist them in helping the ENT doctor understand their condition. Do bring along a list of their old medications and health booklet.

What modes of payment do you accept?

We accept the following modes of payment:

  • Cash
  • NETS
  • PayNow/PayLah
  • All major credit cards

If you are insured and require more assistance, do approach our clinic staff.

Can I claim my medical bills through my Medisave account?

Yes. All Singaporeans and PR are able to use Medisave for certain consultations, procedures, and medications at our clinic. Please contact us to find out more about the eligible services.

I have insurance. Can I use that to claim for my medical bills?

Selected procedures are deductible if patients have purchased Integrated Shield plans. Please contact us to find out more.

The 6 Approved Integrated Shield Insurers are:

  • NTUC Income’s IncomeShield and Enhanced IncomeShield
  • American International Assurance International Co’s (AIA) HealthShield Gold
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co’s SupremeHealth and SupremeHealth Plus
  • Aviva Ltd’s MyShield
  • Prudential Assurance Co’s PRUShield
  • AXA Shield