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To gain a picture of the success of the new training concept Otis – the virtual patient in practice, impressions were collected from various users. Course leaders, doctors, hearing aid audiologists, audiometrists and students talk about their experiences:

"We installed Otis - the virtual patient into our lab computers for use by students in the Doctor of Audiology program at Nova Southeastern University. It is an excellent tool to assist students to learn hearing evaluation techniques. The Otis - the virtual patient assists students who are learning the concepts of masking, increasing their evaluation speed, and integrating diagnostic information for patient management. With Otis, students are able to practice what they are learning in the classroom and apply these techniques to the clinic. I highly recommend this system for student training."  
Barry Freeman, Ph.D
Adjunct Professor of Audiology
Nova Southeastern University
Florida, United States
"Otis can offer the student/trainee hands-on computer-based training in air conduction, bone conduction, and masking test exercises. Otis would be an excellent compliment to the student experience that includes appropriate testing of live clients. Exercises can be submitted online for evaluation by a mentor for evaluations of time and accuracy. Additional modules ask for short answer test reports. This training program is well designed and would be beneficial for most any beginning-level student in the hearing healthcare field."  
Ron Anderson and Steve Hutt
"Audiometry is a matter of practice. Correct results can only be achieved with a great deal of practice and a feeling for the activity – and so beginners need a lot of training. That is what Otis – the virtual patient provides and a book doesn’t..."  Read the whole interview
Prof. Annette Limberger
Audiologist, acoustician and doctor
Mainz, Germany
"Our students commented how much they like to work with Otis, and appreciate in particular the instantaneous feedback. This follows best practice for learning by doing, and is of immense benefit. This has resulted in good student engagement and a much higher learning outcome with better grades for the skills lab modules both for our first and second year students..."  Read the whole interview
Dr. Marina Rose
Lecturer in Audiology
School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
Birmingham, England
"The obvious benefits are that we can now make use of slack time to practise with Otis, and that staff can manage their own training whenever it is convenient or an opportunity presents itself..." Read the whole interview
Herbert Jakits
chartered audiologist, chief executive of a private hearing aid dispensary
Zurich, Switzerland
"I am impressed by the technical perfection of Otis, and its authentic case examples are in line with the trend towards problem-based teaching in the study of medicine..."  Read the whole interview
Dr. Annette Langedijk
E-Learning Co-ordinator in the Medical Faculty of the University Zurich
"The most difficult thing in audiometry work is having a proper idea of acoustic processes in the human head. How does cross-hearing occur? What are the consequences of this process in audiometry? In my experience, it takes months of studying the literature and working exclusively with real subjects to acquire a routine which also makes it possible to deal with problematic cases. Practising with a simulator can simplify and shorten this process to an appreciable degree."  
Dr. Thomas Spillmann
Initiator and Medical Project Director for Otis - the virtual patient
University Hospital Zurich
"It ‘grabbed’ me immediately, because I really wanted to go on and do more exercises and send them to you. Communication (correction and answers) with the “tutors” is speedy and straightforward. The software is easy for anyone to understand, and in addition it’s humorous."  
Nicole Bachmann
Otis-course participant
Delémont, Switzerland
"I have found the product most impressive, and predict a successful future for it."  
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Hoth
"I find it makes a lot of sense to use this package in training programmes; it really backs up the practical work. I am very happy with the operation and preparation of the program."  
Jennifer Löbert
responsible for training
Education College
Dresden, Germany
"I think the theory manual is excellent. For me it all fits together. I think a beginner like myself can really tell whether a theory manual is any good or not. And I think I’ve really understood it!"  
Barbara Cadisch
Otis-course participant
Landquart, Schweiz
"A surgical otologist relies on reliable pre-operative audiometric measurements and especially on correct post-operative audiometry. As these are subjective measurements, they depend on the patient’s co-operation and the audiologist’s experience. Thanks to the audiometry training program, the competence and continuing professional training of every audiologist can be improved, thus assuring optimum audiometric quality."  
PD Dr. Thomas Linder
Medical Director
ENT Clinic Lucerne
"The great advantage of Otis is that I can practice independently, at times to suit me. In addition, it is interesting to get to know various rare medical conditions. This is important when it comes to interpreting audiograms."  
Bettina von Rickenbach
Student of medicine in practical training
Zurich, Switzerland
"Dear Mr. Wille,
this summer I read your book on audiometry. To my opinion it is perfect! Especially Chapter 7.2 is very close to my experience! So I congratulate you with this thoughtful book.

Kindest regards!" 

Dr. Alexander Gunenkov
National Medical Academy of postgraduate education Moscow, Russia
"Our students have found Otis the virtual patient to be very useful in attaining the technical skills for testing. The case bank is particularly helpful in preparing students for a variety of hearing loss configurations prior to their first clinical encounters with clients." 
Yee-Foong Stone, BA
"Otis Edition Pro is an important component of our skills laboratory. It enables our audiology students to practice core audiometry skills in a safe environment and to experience real-to-life case-based audiometry scenarios. Experiential learning in a virtual environment such as this means that students can make numerous attempts and succeed or fail without the real world consequences. Otis is a useful tool to teach students the process of test selection and data collection and allows them opportunities to tackle more complex cases than they may routinely encounter. They also receive feedback from the learning environment which helps them to build their skills and confidence ready for their final practical competency exams. We also recommend Otis (student version) to our students so that they can also continue to safely practice audiometry away from the skills laboratory." 
Sarah Riches
Clinical Skills Laboratory Manager
Aston University
United Kingdom
"Otis – virtual patient” is a great piece of software both for audiologists in training and for specialists who don’t perform audiometry on a regular basis. It definitely has a few very strong features that I would like to point out. Firstly, it is case-based. Instead of just learning how to perform audiometry you are actually managing a specific case. It makes it very realistic. Additional information (clinical history, tympanometry and tuning fork tests) is available for each case that improves the interpretation of the test. Though, I think clinical picture could include more information. Both adult and paediatric cases are included in the test that helps understand the difference in results from children and adults." Read the whole Interview
Dr. Roman Fishchuk
UCL Ear Institute, United Kingdom
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