Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) was established in 1963 and is a provincial program of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. NSHSC is the healthcare agency responsible for providing hearing services to Nova Scotians of all ages, and speech-language services to preschool children and adults.


The Department of Audiology has audiologists and technicians working in 15 sites across the province. Our work includes: prevention, increasing awareness, screening, testing, treatment, teaching/training, and participating in research in the areas of hearing, tinnitus, and balance.


Speech and language services available at the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) are provided by Speech-Language Pathologists who are certified by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Their work includes: prevention, increasing awareness,


Your vestibular system (or system of balance) is located in your inner ear and is responsible for letting your brain know about changes in your head position. Your brain then sends commands to move your eyes so that you can see clearly as you move. The brain also sends commands to the muscles


Problems with swallowing (also called dysphagia), can occur throughout the lifespan. They can be the result of abnormalities at birth, structural or neurological damage, and or medical conditions. Common symptoms include coughing or choking on foods or liquids, drooling, unexplained weight loss,