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Air blasts keep waking me up
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Air blasts keep waking me up
I am having ongoing issues with mask leak (ResMed AirFit F20) and wonder if I am alone and if there is anything more I can do? My hose has been changed to a wider one of 3m length which kinks and snags less so things have improved, but sometimes I am woken up by blasts of air that just won't stop. I have consulted my clinic and have been told it is air leak but I wonder if it might be something more than that? I am woken by air blasts coming through the mask that do not stop, and on taking the mask off the air flow does not stop. This happens sometimes now, the not stopping of air when I take the mask off. Whilst I am using the wider, longer 3m hose, this not stopping of air flow started before I switched hose, and was only once in a blue moon. Now I would say it averages once a week so it is happening more often. Usually, if I blow hard down the air hose it then registers it followed by non-breathing as I only blow the once, and stops, but not always, and I have had to do it twice to work.

I have checked with my clinic who have advised that on reviewing the detailed data, the mask was leaking but no episodes noted. I am also advised that the machine (ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet) will appear to blow more when mask is not insitu as it is looking for resistance, but I do not understand why when I take it off it stops blowing air after it's usual few moments most of the time, just a low level push of air as it were, but at other times it continues to blow it as if it were still on my face at other times and not stopping until I blow hard into it? When woken by air blast I check for leak and try to adjust and seal it and whilst holding to my face, clearly no leak now, the air blasts persists and until it has forced my mask off, and if I hold on to it, it continues to blast air through elbow joint at the front and reverberate the mask making a loud vibrating 'raspberry' sound, it just will not stop until I take it off and blow like hell into it and today had to do that twice! All this was in the night; this morning I woke with my little finger on my right hand very cold presumable because it was next to the elbow joint on my mask, implying air had been coming out of it. I'm at my wit's end with it. If anyone can help in any way that would be terrific thank you.
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RE: Air blasts keep waking me up
There are many reviews of the F20 mask in our CPAP Mask Reviews http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Forum-C...sk-Reviews A chronic leak that cannot be tamed is s sure indication you have the wrong size or even model of mask. Since you have tried to control leaks without success it is time to turn in this mask for a different model or size. With a properly fitting mask, there is no sensation of air movement. Pressure is how a CPAP works, and flow is only used to maintain pressure. With a leak there can be a lot of flow, but the normal condition is just quiet pressure with a small amount of flow through the exhalation vent. There are many masks on the market, and whether you use nasal therapy with nasal pillow or a nasal mask, or full face mask you should be able to find a comfortable solution that does not leak. You will benefit from reading our Mask Primer http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php/Mask_Primer

If you can tolerate nasal therapy (air won't leak from your mouth), then it is far easier to get a good fit and very quiet operation with the Resmed Airfit P10 nasal pillows mask. It is a very light, minimal mask that rests at the bottom of your nose, and the airflow is nearly non-existent.
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