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Either one of those machines are comparable.
The mask is the most challenging part of this whole thing. He could start out with a full-face mask, (FFM,) and see how he does with it, I like the Fisher and Paykel (F&P,) simplus FFM, but there are many different masks to try.
Hang in there for more suggestions and best of luck to your husband with his CPAP therapy.
icyura10 - see here: healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea/diagnosing-osa/understanding-results (you may need to add http:// to the front but the forum wont let me post links)
Anyone with an AHI over 30 is classed as having severe sleep apnea
We can't find any Australian suppliers who offer a refund/exchange on masks, but have chatted to a few friends and one has a few different masks he can try before we buy one, so hopefully that will help in selection
trish6hundred - I didn't realise that you could use different companies masks on different machines - are any FFMs compatible with both the PRSO or the S9? I thought I had to buy a Resmed mask for the S9 or a Philips Respironics mask for the PRSO.
Hi shona, welcome!
No (from my knowledge.. maybe there's exceptions) the masks plug into the hose that come from the machine. I'm using the Resmed P10 with my PRSO
G'day Shona, welcome to Apnea Board.
I used to have an S9 AutoSet and also tried the Philips Respironics BipapASV. The Philips is not exactly the same machine you're looking at, but is very similar in construction. Both are good solid machines from highly reputable manufacturers. They have very similar construction, though the Resmed is a better looking machine (the Philips looks a bit "industrial"), if that makes any difference to you. The hose on the Philips attaches to a swivel on the top of the machine, while on the Resmed it attaches to the back - depending on your setup you might find one is more convenient than the other. The Resmed has a more convenient water tank.
In use, the Resmed takes a more aggressive approach to raising the pressure when needed, which some users find disturbing. However it is more effective at controlling apneas (according to Resmed!) Of course Philips say their more gentle approach is more effective. I've seen test results to support both sides. It's a bit like Holden v Falcon.
You can probably get away without the heated hose, but personally I'd go for it. The Philips I had didn't have the heated system and I found the cool air was a bit too cool.
I agree with what was said above about masks - getting the "right" one can be difficult, and even after you do you might need to change after a while. You also need to change the mask cushions from time to time as they lose their elasticity. (I can confirm that masks are pretty much interchangeable between the different manufacturers).
In your position I'd go for the cheaper machine and put the extra $120 towards a replacement mask when needed.
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I live on the Gold Coast and also spend some time in Perth - Deep Breathing's home town. Even though the humidity tends to be higher here on the GC, I still find the humidifier useful. I've used the S9 and it's a very good machine - did the job for me.
I use a nasal mask - the Respironics Dreamwear. It's big advantage is that the hose is attached at the top of the head which means that that it won't get in your way when you roll over.
Before you buy, can I suggest that you rent for a few months so that you know what will work out. Having something attached to your face for 8 hours does require a mental adjustment.