Hi GrammaBear, If you have been using a different type of mask other than pillows, You might have to change that but, I'm not sure. Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to you with your new mask and the "Climateline" tubing.
The standard filters only cost A$29.90 for 12, but even so, I still make mine last 2 months each
I can usually get 6 months out of my filters because I have an aircleaner on the furnace, but, I saved my dirty filters back just to try washing them to see how that worked as I'm pretty cheap, too, (Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha,) why throw them away any sooner than you have to, (Ha-Ha-Ha?)
I finally got time to put my new Aloha mask together and to attach my Climateline tubing. I decided to put the snuggle hose cover on it because the feel of the plastic hose on my arm wasn't particularly pleasant (IMHO). I do like the fact that there is no rainout nor ice cold air coming from the port on the mask. The Aloha is only the 2nd mask I've ever tried in over 3 years, it is quite comfortable.
One thing I'm wondering about and that is - when does it become better for the patient to use the heated hose on a manual setting? I woke this morning with a sore throat. I asked my husband if he heard me snoring because I though maybe I had been mouth breathing. He said he didn't think I was snoring, and prior to CPAP therapy he would complain a lot about my snoring. Or maybe this throat thing is an isolated incident? I don't have a cold and don't feel sick.
The heated hose is purely to prevent rainout. Using it on the manual setting may not help prevent rainout as much. (rainout is the water condensation forming in the hose and causing a wonderful gurgling sound)
If you have the house heat on, it could just be the air is dryer. You may need to bump the humidifier up a bit.
Also, if this is the first time you have used the mask, there *may* be a bit of stuff in the mask that you are sensitive to. I hate new masks fresh out of the box and plastic. They always have an odd smell to them. When I get a new mask, I set up the machine and turn it on for a few hours to help get the stink out.
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