Welcome to the Visible Ear Simulator


News 27-10-2014: new VES2 2.1 released!

Notice that we no longer are in beta mode, so we are confident enough to call this VES 2.1. Please visit the forum and register to access the download section.

The Visible Ear Simulator (VES) is developed by Peter Trier and Karsten Noe from the Alexandra Institute, Aarhus, Denmark

and Mads Sølvsten Sørensen, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The purpose of this project is to make an interactive temporal bone drilling simulation using standard computer hardware and haptics.



The software is a fully functional 3-D simulator for temporal bone drilling with force-feedback developed in a university setting, supported by the Oticon Foundation,

Oticon Medical and MED-EL and offered as an academic freeware application for the training of novice and experienced ear surgeons worldwide.


To download the simulator please visit and register in the forum : VES2 forum


VES2 has a full mastoidectomi tutotrial.

Explore the anatomy of the inner ear in high resolution