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[CPAP] New noise from mask
#1
Hi, my husband has been using CPAP for at least five years and other than the mask coming dislodged and making a very loud blowing noise on occasion, both he and I are much happier. Recently, I feel his mask is making a different noise in which I can hear a louder than usual noise as he exhales. The noise is much quieter than when his mask leaks but loud enough to hear over my white noise machine and loud enough to interfere with my sleep.
He says it is a normal noise, just the air hitting the sheets, and says that all the connections are snug, and that I am just being overly sensitive, but I KNOW something is different. It is not constant all night and does get better if I ask him to move but then it starts again. It seems not to occur as much when he is on his back but he can't sleep well in that position. He recently lost 15 lbs going low carb, but he lost (and then found) the same 15 pounds last year and this noise issue didn't happen then. He doesn't use a humidifier and doesn't regularly wash his mask (never has and that hasn't seemed to be a problem for him...he is not much into maintenance, ha, ha).
I don't want to go back to sleeping in separate bedrooms or my having to take sleeping pills (which was the case prior to his OSA diagnosis back in the horrible snoring days) but here it is 2 in the morning and I can't sleep!
I thought about buying him some sort of special buckwheat pillow to see if that would help. Any ideas?
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(02-13-2014, 02:07 AM)KJHC Wrote: Hi, my husband has been using CPAP for at least five years and other than the mask coming dislodged and making a very loud blowing noise on occasion, both he and I are much happier. Recently, I feel his mask is making a different noise in which I can hear a louder than usual noise as he exhales. The noise is much quieter than when his mask leaks but loud enough to hear over my white noise machine and loud enough to interfere with my sleep.
He says it is a normal noise, just the air hitting the sheets, and says that all the connections are snug, and that I am just being overly sensitive, but I KNOW something is different. It is not constant all night and does get better if I ask him to move but then it starts again. It seems not to occur as much when he is on his back but he can't sleep well in that position. He recently lost 15 lbs going low carb, but he lost (and then found) the same 15 pounds last year and this noise issue didn't happen then. He doesn't use a humidifier and doesn't regularly wash his mask (never has and that hasn't seemed to be a problem for him...he is not much into maintenance, ha, ha).
I don't want to go back to sleeping in separate bedrooms or my having to take sleeping pills (which was the case prior to his OSA diagnosis back in the horrible snoring days) but here it is 2 in the morning and I can't sleep!
I thought about buying him some sort of special buckwheat pillow to see if that would help. Any ideas?

if it isn't coming from his machine (I would check that) then I would ask how old is his mask? he may need to get a new cushion or a whole new kit. washing the cushion and other things aren't just to make them last, it is for health reasons so there is no germs, etc. Also, changing the filters helps keep crap out of the machine (and maybe what he breaths) and makes the machine last longer.

I am sure others will have more suggestions. In the meantime, cotton or ear plugs until you find what is keeping you awake?
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(02-13-2014, 02:07 AM)KJHC Wrote: He says it is a normal noise, just the air hitting the sheets,
Hi KJHC, welcome abaord
All masks have vents holes to flush out exhaled air which is important to keep clear so we breath fresh air coming from the machine. Sleeping back to back so he sleep facing his machine or a pillow in between might helps. Some masks are more quieter than others, might be good idea to complete user profile so we know what machine using, pressure setting, and mask make/model

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#4
I would check the easy stuff first. Replace the machine's filters. Get a new mask and hose. These items are not designed to last for more than 3 months, although many of us get far more use out of them than that with no problems.

Also, please fill in your profile with the machine type, etc. Knowing that will help us help you. For example, if he has a APAP it may be that the pressure is rising and that's the cause of the noise. As we age we lose muscle tone and a APAP is designed to raise the pressure in response to a narrowing of the airway. This, combined with the weight gain, could be causing a bump in pressure which could increase the noise level.

Other things to try are earplugs or a louder white noise machine.
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#5
Thanks for the replies. I updated a few things on my profile. He has a ResMed Mirage Activa LT mask and a REMstar Pro M series machine. Neither DH or I know his pressure setting (he was diagnosed with severe apnea and I recall at the pressure number seemed high to me but don't recall the setting).
I sleep with my back to him, now with two pillows stacked between us since this noise issue began, and I sleep facing my air filter/white noise machine (I keep it on my side of the king sized bed). He changes positions from one side to the other at various times during the night. I am a midwife, so work odd hours and have to be able to hear my phone at night if someone goes into labor, so earplugs aren't a great option for me (plus I haven't found them effective or comfortable in the past). I am mid-forties, so am fast approaching menopause...I know I sleep lighter in the second half of the night which is not going to get better over the next few years, sadly.
Sleepster, I am going to have him change out the entire mask, hose, and head gear, and ask him about changing the machine filter, too!! I am also going to have him change to a different pillow.
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#6
Hi KJHC,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You might try to get new mask, hose and filter to start out with. Regular cleaning would help, also.
I soak my hose, mask, and humidifier once a week in warm, mild, soapy water; I use Ivory dish soap. I also try to take a CPAP wipe and wipe my mask every morning when I get up. Best of luck to you.
trish6hundred
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#7
FYI? On my mask, if I set the humidity a touch too high, condensation gathers at the vent holes and my mask starts to 'whistle' every time I exhale. Which bugs my lovely wife to no end (I don't hear it) - LOL

Might it be something that simple? Or a hairline crack in the mask?

I would first swap to a different mask and see if that changes the sound? If yes, you found the cause. If no, you then know it's the hose and/or the machine itself. Swap the hose next, and follow the drill.

Moving the machine below the height of the bed may be a help as well.
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(02-13-2014, 10:51 AM)KJHC Wrote: Thanks for the replies. I updated a few things on my profile. He has a ResMed Mirage Activa LT mask and a REMstar Pro M series machine.
Activa LT is a nasal mask, only cover the nose (not full face mask as in profile, full face mask cover nose and mouth)

I use Activa LT as well, the vents are extremely quiet and the only way to hear or feel anything, you,ll have put your hand in front of the vents
I assume the noise is from mask leak or/and mouth leak, mask not fitted correctly, cushion worn out or wrong size cushion used.
Chinstrap worn over the mask might an idea, helps keeps mouth closed and mask in place
The LT cushion very flexible maintain a good seal even moving from side to side.

The clinical manual is available by direct download ... section two
http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...tup-manual

btw, do you have insurance and how long since you had this machine?



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Activa LT is a nasal mask, only cover the nose (not full face mask as in profile
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btw, do you have insurance and how long since you had this machine?
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Profile fixed, thanks.
He does have insurance, and I believe he has had this machine for five years. To clarify, the machine isn't making any new noise, just the mask, which my husband insists has a good seal.
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(02-15-2014, 08:56 PM)KJHC Wrote: He does have insurance, and I believe he has had this machine for five years.
From what I gather, insurance replace machines every 5 years, might as well get a new machine. Machines have improved a great deal in the last 3 years. Machine Choices http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_choices


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