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3D Anatomy Ear Model Q & A

Friday, June 03, 2011

I work mostly with children and find that the adult 3D anatomy ear model doesn't have all the features I want. Is there a child ear model available?

For those physicians and practitioners that work with children or in family clinics and offices, it would be a good idea to have both an adult anatomy ear model as well as a corresponding option for a child. It is important to keep in mind that they will both be similar in size in the model since the child's ear will be one and one half times the actual size. This is done to ensure that all the features of the child's ear can be seen clearly with the model.

Having an adult ear and a 3D anatomy ear model of a child's ear can be helpful in discussing infections, hearing impairments and malformations of the ear with the parents. Showing the normal adult ear in contrast with the more detailed child's ear is very helpful in working with families. The model itself may help parents and children in asking questions and getting clarification.

How can I make sure that my students are learning using a 3D anatomy ear model?

A 3D anatomy ear model is a great addition to any student study group or project. Since the anatomical model itself will generate interest and discussion there is definitely more learning occurring than simply reading through a textbook and looking at often very confusing photographs. The full size and exact replica of the human ear is very accurate and realistic, even if you go to the clear ear which is definitely not the same as a human ear in color and transparency. However, even with this very unique model there is still a high degree of accuracy in the shape, size and features of the ear. Student learning after using a model is can be tested by removing the back card and having students identify the features shown on or in the ear model.

If I want to use the 3D anatomy ear model with a patient, how much detail do I have to provide about the model in general?

Most patients are very comfortable in having a physician use a model to help them understand the very difficult medical information being provided. A 3D anatomy ear model is no different and patients will appreciate the efforts to simplify an understanding of the ear and related health concerns.

Telling patients a lot about why you are using the model or details shown on the model not related to your discussion is not necessary. This information can often lead to confusion and may make the discussion overwhelming for some patients. There is always the option to ask the patient if they have any questions about the anatomy model before or after you do the consultation, leaving it up to them to ask about anything else. Most patients will point to the model when asking questions, showing that they are using the tool to help them understand.

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