News release

Province Invests in Hearing Health

The government is investing $1.3 million in new hearing and speech technology that will benefit newborns, children and other Nova Scotians.

The funding for Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia includes:

  • $982,000 to replace cochlear implant devices, which expire over time and are no longer supported by manufacturers
  • $322,000 for new equipment for screening newborns’ hearing
  • $11,400 to replace a nasometer, which is a device used to assess and treat nasality problems associated with cleft palate, oral cancer and other disorders or injuries of the palate.

“Hearing and speech is important for overall health and well-being,” said Michelle Thompson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “If we can help prevent future issues in our newborns through early detection and up-to-date technology, then we’re ensuring a healthier future for all Nova Scotians.”

Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia’s Newborn Screening Program consistently screens over 95 per cent of newborns in Nova Scotia annually. Each baby’s ears are checked to see if the inner ear is healthy, and follow-up is arranged if needed. Identifying hearing issues early in infancy helps prevent future hearing and speech issues in childhood.


This funding for equipment and technology upgrades will help ensure Nova Scotians get the meaningful high-quality services they need. All Nova Scotians benefit from early detection and intervention using up-to-date technology. For children, this equipment is important for prevention of delays in speech, language and early social development. Anne Mason-Browne, CEO, Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:

  • in 2020, Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia provided hearing screening to 7,390 newborns and supported 325 clients with cochlear implants

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