May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month


Each year, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication challenges and to highlight the importance of early detection and intervention.

NSHSC was established in 1963 to provide hearing services to all Nova Scotians and speech-language services to preschool children and adults. Funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, NSHSC works in close partnership with provincial and community partners.

Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted, but the ability to speak, hear and be heard is essential to our everyday lives.

More than 100,000 Nova Scotians and their families live with communication challenges such as hearing loss, difficulties in understanding language, speech or voice disorders, and difficulties using words and language to express themselves and interact with those around them.  

Our professionals work to enhance the quality of life of Nova Scotians with communication disabilities in 24 communities across the province and annually receive over 27,000 referrals from families, health care providers, educators, and other professionals. Each year, there are more than 75,000 client visits providing diagnoses, treatment, counseling and caregiver training sessions using provincial quality standards of care.

NSHSC is committed to excellence in client/family centered care. We are proud of our Accreditation with Commendation Award from Accreditation Canada. All NSHSC Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists maintain national professional certification from Speech Audiology Canada (SAC) and are required to meet the highest of clinical standards. 

Nova Scotians who require our services can contact us directly to set up an appointment with one of our professionals. Most NSHSC services are covered by your provincial health card.