Audiology FAQ
Do I need a referral from my family doctor?

The Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres Audiology department has an open referral policy for all services, except those related to balance. 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.)

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.

Why should I see an Audiologist for my hearing problems?

Audiologists have a masters or doctoral level degree in audiology. They are educated in all functions of the ear and hearing. They are also trained to select and work with hearing aids. Audiologists working with NSHSC are certified by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Do you sell hearing aids?

We do not sell hearing aids for adults.  However, it is important that individuals receive an 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. 

NSHSC does partner with the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) to prescribe, order and fit hearing aids/listening devices for children receiving APSEA services.

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