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Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians


The Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians is committed to meet the needs of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened with dignity, integrity, and respect.


We appreciate the generosity and involvement of people like you. Every contribution goes toward improving our programs and services. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.


Covid-19 is affecting everyone around the world including here in Cape Breton. The Society continues to follow Public Health’s advisory by taking proactive measures to assist in the fight against this virus.

Effective September 29, 2020, the Society is open to the public by appointment only to not only ensure the safety of your health and the health of our staff, volunteers, members, and families, but also to ensure efficient and effective service. Call 902-564-0003 or email for an appointment.

Some of our programs and services have changed. When you call for an appointment:
1. Completed Hearing Aid Bank applications (3+ documents) are to be mailed in.
2. Interpreter services may be arranged through skype.
3. Devices Loan Program must be called for in advance so we can have your product ready and packaged for pick up.
4. Devices demonstrations are currently on hold.
5. We are available via phone, skype, or text for assistance.
6. If coming into the office, arrive within 5 minutes of your appointment time.
7. You must wear a mask and abide by social distancing.
8. Check our facebook page for updates.

Let’s get through this difficult time together and remember, we are here for you.

Rosalind Wright
Regional Manger

The Society of Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Nova Scotians (Cape Breton Chapter) are looking for people that are interested in joining the society as 2020-21 SDHHNS Board Members.


For more information about becoming a member, please contact us.


Hearing Aid Bank

We have hearing aid collection boxes to support our Hearing Aid Bank Program.

Simply drop in your behind the ear hearing aid. It will be refurbished and donated to someone living in Cape Breton.

Hearing Aid boxes are can be found in most of the funeral homes in the Sydney, Glace Bay, and Northside area. They are also located in the following Public Libraries: McConnell, Glace Bay, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, New Waterford, Baddeck and the Eastern Counties Regional Libraries which include the Richmond and Inverness areas.

If you would like a donation box at your place of business, contact Rosalind or Clare at 902-564-0003 or


Hearing Aid Bank

The Hearing Aid Bank is an application process for residents of Cape Breton in financial crisis who have exhausted all other means.

Once your application is accepted, you will receive one behind-the-hear hearing aid. You are responsible for the cost of the ear mold / earpiece / tubing – appprox. $125.

Batteries are sold separately and can be purchased at any local hearing aid center, pharmacy, or department store.

The Hearing Aid Bank relies on donations of behind-the-ear style hearing aids. To help us give back to the community, if you know anyone who has a hearing aid that is not longer in use, please consider making a donation to the Cape Breton Hearing Aid Bank so we can continue to provide for Capers in need.


What We Do

Interpreting Services


Interpreters employed by Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians are members of the Maritime Association of Professional Sign Language Interpreters (MAPSLI) and the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters(CASLI) and follow a stringent code of ethics and guidelines that requires:

1. Professional accountability
2. Professional competence
3. Non-discrimination
4. Integrity in professional relationships
5. Integrity in business practices

Assistive Devices Loan Program


This program allows people to borrow a piece of equipment prior to purchase or to borrow it to make their home accessible for a visiting friend or family member. Items include TTY’s, amplified phones, flashing/vibrating alarm clocks, personal and public FM systems, infrared systems, personal assistive listeners, etc.


If you would like to borrow any of our devices, please visit our office at 762 Victoria Rd, Sydney, N.S



Contact the society to find out when the next class will be offered.

Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the language used by Deaf people in Canada and the United States. It is not a visual representation of English on the hands. ASL has its own grammar, syntax, and rules of order like other spoken languages. Learning ASL takes time, commitment, and practice the same as learning any other language.

The Society offers customized courses to businesses and organizations needing specialized vocabulary and training to deal with a specific clientele. The courses are offered based on need. In general, you will be introduced to the Deaf community and its Culture, as well as learning the alphabet, numbers, and over 170 signs. Focus will be spent on the linguistics of American Sign Language so that you may begin the journey of communicating with the over 30,000 Canadians who use ASL as their first language.

To learn more or to sign up for a class, contact the Society.


Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians offers Literacy Training in both a formal and informal setting to enhance reading and writing skills, computer skills, thinking and analytical skills, English upgrading, ASL upgrading, numeracy skills, and how to overcome communication and other accessibility barriers.

These skills will enable Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in Cape Breton to have the opportunity to acquire and enhance the essential skills and knowledge necessary to ensure they have equality of opportunity and full access in their community to existing programs and services.



Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians offers a 6-week Communication Class. The classes address speechreading cues and hearing loss management including communicating with family, assistive devices, how we hear, understanding the audiogram, and problem solving. Hearing loss is no longer an aging issue so the course is open to all ages. The outcome of the course is to provide a social support network and resources to address hearing loss.

Hearing loss does not have to mean living in isolation with low self-esteem or withdrawing from community activities. This course will strengthen the individual so you will no longer have to hear “I’ll tell you later” or “Never mind. If you or someone you know have a hearing loss, take the first step and sign up for a class.

It all starts “hear”!

Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians (SDHHNS)

14,609 Cape Bretoners need your support. Help us, help them.