Hi, I am new to this forum site and have only had my CPAP machine for 2 days but have already changed it on the second day with a noise problem. The CPAP is a Philips REMstar Auto Reflex System One with a built in humidifier.
My problem is the amplified noise the machine makes when I inhale. My wife has very good hearing and has had little sleep for 2 nights due to the noise of my breathing from the machine. I took it back to the hospital on day 2 and they swapped it for a new machine which I then put into the wardrobe next to our bed and fed the tube out through the closed door. I find it quite quiet but my wife does not. Is there any way of reducing the sound this machine makes when inhaling. It is presently set on level 5 on the dial which I think is the heat control for the humidifier.
If there is no answer to this problem does anyone want to buy a caravan as she is refusing to go on holiday with me and the machine
Do determine if it is the MASK or the MACHINE.
Sounds like the machine since you went to the trouble of putting *IT* in the wardrobe but USUALLY the MASKS are what make noise, mostly from LEAKS, especially UNINTENDED LEAKS (these masks are DESIGNED to leak in a controlled manner.)
Sorry to be blunt, but either she may be hyper-sensitive or the machine could be faulty (you exchanged it so the machine is not likely the culprit.)
We sleep with a fan running -- the machine is quieter than the fan.
Consider adding a fan -- if she can stand that -- or perhaps a white noise machine. If the CHANGING sound of the machine is what disturbs here, then perhaps by smoothing it out with some low level constant sound she will be more comfortable.
After that: Buy her earplugs -- lots of ear plugs. Point out that it is better to have the machine noise than snoring, and it is better to keep the machine than to LOSE YOU to Heart Disease or several other health problems associated with OSA.
If it is the mask, then try the Resmed Airfit P10 nasal pillow mask -- as long as you can breath through your nose and keep your mouth shut.
It's available from "vendor #1" for $100 (if you must pay) and comes with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURN INSURANCE.
The FREE RETURN INSURANCE means you really can't lose. That vender is adamant about giving you your money back if you don't want the mask (really.)
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."