A little over a year ago I visited the ER in a slight panic after waking up one morning and experiencing what could be best described as being on a merry-go-round turned up to Max. I was told I could have a form of Vertigo, so they gave me some Meclizine at the clinic and a prescription for the stuff to take home. I felt better the next day so I stopped taking the drug and in the year since I hadn't had a recurrence until about a week ago. The first time I think it was triggered by an awkward sleeping position (my head was probably hanging over the edge of the futon I was using at the time) but this time it seems to have been triggered by the common cold. I remember at one point in between the last recurrence and this one I became ill with a head cold and felt the symptoms of Vertigo coming on but never got an attack.
OK, so obviously I need to take care of this before it causes damage or I start getting more frequent and random attacks. Since hearing loss (and Vertigo, I recently learned) runs in my family I figure I should start looking for a specialist soon. The thing I'm not sure about is do I walk into an Ear, Nose & Throat hospital first (there's one near my job) or do I visit an Otolaryngologist and let them check me out? I haven't had my ears checked since grade school so it's definitely time to pay them a visit anyway. And if it turns out my vertigo is caused by an ear infection I guess they will find a solution. Any suggestions?