VR Simulation Can Help in Training for Cochlear Implant Surgery

From VR Medicine News–A new study sought to determine whether cochlear implant surgery training can be performed using a VR temporal bone simulator. Simulated surgeries were performed by 12 otolaryngology registrars, who received automated feedback on their performance. The participants were found to have improved cochlear surgical skill after engaging in the VR simulation. “The results of the study indicate that VR simulation with automated guidance can effectively be used to train surgeons in complex temporal bone surgeries such as cochlear implantation,” the authors conclude.

Copson B, Wijewickrema S, Zhou Y, et al. Supporting skill acquisition in cochlear implant surgery through virtual reality simulation. Cochlear Implants Int. 2017;18:89-96.