About Us
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 health care agency responsible for providing hearing services to Nova Scotians of all ages, and speech-language services to preschool children and adults. Any Nova Scotia resident can refer themselves or their family members for NSHSC services (or can ask someone to make a referral on their behalf). A referral from a doctor is not required to access most of our services. Services are free with a valid NS health card. 
More than 100,000 Nova Scotians and their families live with the challenges of hearing, speech, and language disorders. Last year, the Centres’ caring and highly trained team of certified professionals recorded more than 84,000 clinical visits and responded to 25,000 referral for speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Our nationally certified (Speech-Language & Audiology Canada) Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Communication Disorders Assistants and support staff work to enhance the quality of life of Nova Scotians with communication disorders at more than 30 sites located across the province.

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres is committed to excellence in client/family care. We are proud of our accreditation by Accreditation Canada.  


Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres' History

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres was initially established in 1963 by a group of interested citizens in Halifax who felt the need for such a service in their community. Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres has grown to encompass all regions of Nova Scotia and individual centres are located in 24 communities throughout the province. School-aged children receive speech and language services through school boards.

To learn more about the services in your area please click on the location on the map on the "Find a Centre Near You" section.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are trained health care professionals who assist people with hearing and speech and language disorders. If you are interested in pursuing a career in these professions more information is available at the School of Human Communications Disorders, Dalhousie University.

In 2001 the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic became Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres and a new logo was developed in order to better reflect the services we provide to communities throughout Nova Scotia.