The History and Validation of CARL
CARL began as an engineering research project at Western University to provide better experiential training in the audiology program
After positive impressions of the first prototype, the project was taken on as a master's thesis to properly develop and validate the technology.
CARL finished his first validation study with positive results and encouragement for more refinement
(Face and content validity of a probe tube placement simulator).
A new CARL was developed to incorporate the suggested changes
CARL completed his second validation study finding students who used the simulator performed better in clinical scenarios
(Skills transference of a probe tube placement simulator).
AHead Simulations was founded.
Feedback from the second study was incorporated into a production CARL to send out to test sites
CARL was officially launched to international markets in January 2019.
CARL found new use cases, new lesson plans, and a whole new range of anatomies, functionalities, and improvements.
CARL attended international conferences, and 50 CARL units found homes in 7 different countries around the world.
After a turbulent beginning to 2020 and the worldwide health crisis, CARL has adapted to allow safe hands-on training while social distancing.
CARL is continuing to expand with new lesson plans, new features, new sites, and new ways of accessing CARL.