Do I need a referral from my family doctor?
NSHSC had an open referral policy for most services. This means that Nova Scotia residents with valid health cards can call any of our locations and make a referral.
Do you have evening or weekend hours?
All of our services are provided during normal office hours
(Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Do you sell hearing aids?
We do not sell hearing aids. However, it is important that individuals receive appropriate hearing evaluation prior to pursuing the purchase of hearing aids. Our qualified staff provide full diagnostic testing and can assist in determining the type of hearing aid required.
Where can I get financial assistance for a hearing aid?
You will need to discuss this directly with your hearing health care provider (including our Audiologists).
Click on the following link for a list of possible funding sources to assist you in purchasing your new hearing aid(s) - Hearing Aid Assistance Brochure
Why are the waitlists so long?
1 in 10 Nova Scotians may require hearing and/or speech-language services at any time. We realize that any wait is difficult for families. As a Provincial Program we are continually monitoring wait times across the province and are striving to keep our wait times as low as possible.
How old does my child have to be to have their hearing tested?
There is no age limit for hearing testing. For example, we screen infants’ hearing at birth. If you are concerned about your child’s hearing, please contact your local Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres site to make a referral for hearing testing.
What things can be done to reduce the severity of tinnitus?
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be caused by a number of different things. It is important that anyone experiencing this problem have a full evaluation. Please contact your local Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres site to make a referral for hearing testing.
Is there a fee for testing?
Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres provides clinical services at no cost to Nova Scotia residents with valid health cards.