Training Materials & Links

OTIS Audiometry Simulation Software

Otis the virtual patient (from can be use to practice basic audiometry and tympanometry and masking.

We use it in our classes as it is a great way of developing your skills in audiometry without having the pressure of the time or the client’s ability to focus, while getting used to the controls and techniques required. If you’re learning how to carry out masking, it is an invaluable learning and evaluation tool and your don’t need to rely on your supervisor to explain results. 

Otis is a little bit like a real person, for example, your client can fall asleep if you take too long or shout if you present sounds that are too loud. You can view your otoscopy, history and tymp data as part of the assessment. There is reference data for masking and symbols. 

You have real time evaluation and assessment of your procedure as you do the audiometry – it tracks your accuracy, time and errors. You can also progress from easier audiograms, to more difficult cases.

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You can purchase a student edition from the following links:

Otis – the virtual patient, Edition Student 6 month

Otis – the virtual patient, Edition Student 12 month

Otis – the virtual patient, Edition Student 24 month

Masking Support

Here’s a link to Tracy’s masking post on rule 3.

Here’s a link to Tracy’s masking in audiometry workbook: Masking Examples Handout 2019


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Otoscopy Support

Michael Hawke links which have slides like the otology basic and take you through stages Which is from Michael Saunders a UK based ENT and has many images. If you put your mouse on the image it then gives an explanation of that image

And a whole photobook of otoscopy images from US McGovern Medical School

Simple Auditory physiology

The below link is all about the ear and its role in hearing, as it says ‘Although the ear is small in size, it is essential for hearing and balance, and problems of the ear can be linked to other conditions. Understanding the structure and function of the ear will help us to pick up problems early and improve the care of patients with ear problems.