3D visualisation is very important for understanding human anatomy, particularly when working with a structure as complex as the human auditory system. One of my very good friends, Frédéric Venail, recently published some nice work showing that the use of 3D anatomical software for the learning of temporal bone anatomy by first year undergraduate students in speech therapy or hearing aid practitioner courses can significantly increase the efficiency of the teaching provided by the professor. A paper which combines my love for the biological aspects of perception, and my love for virtual environments (and my love for teaching to first year undergraduates????).
Venail F, Deveze A, Lallemant B, Guevara N, Mondain M (2010) Enhancement of temporal bone anatomy learning with computer 3D rendered imaging software. Med Teach, 32:e282-288.