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Cpap sound-proof box
#1
Hello!

Story of my life:

I've got resmed airsense 10 with nasal pillow and its almost impossible to sleep due to the noise. I can hear the fan and this small "whistle" sound during inhale. I'm very sensitive and need absolute quiet environment which is impossible with a cpap. I've tried earplugs without any success I keep hearing my heartbeats(hard to explain) Too-funny

I've read some threads about creating some kind of "sound proof" box but here In Sweden my doctor told me its a big no due to the ventilation. I really need to find a solution because I'm tired and can hardly work, also got ADHD so life is a complete disaster. Oral device works on paper but still feels dead in the morning.


Any thoughts or advice?
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#2
I use the A10 as well and it's extremely quiet. The small whistle sound you hear is likely caused by the humidifier tank not being properly seated into the machine. Make sure it's pushed in all the way. There may also be a problem with the gaskets/seals where the tank meets the machine. Make sure these are seated properly. There are many threads on this issue which you can review on A10 noise. If you can hear the fan loudly there may be a problem with your machine. There is a 2 year warranty so don't hesitate to return the machine for a new one if these problems continue.

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#3
Hello, Ostrich. Welcome to Apnea Board. Smile

I can tell you what my solution to hearing the CPAP machine and the sound of air whooshing by has been. I don't know if it will work for you.

I made a playlist of music on my iPod that I find to be sleep & calm-inducing, and I set the iPod to turn off after that playlist is finished. I didn't used to be a fan of listening to music before sleep, but like you, I found the sounds and vibration of the CPAP machine to affect my ability to relax and get sleepy.

I have been using CPAP for about 5 months now. I sometimes don't need the music to fall asleep now, but I still use it most nights. The CPAP machine and air sound much quieter to me now than they did at first.

If you don't want music, you might try a fan or look for some "white noise" recordings.

Quite a few people who visit this forum seem to find that they need medication to help them sleep for the first few weeks that they use CPAP. Melatonin or something similar can be helpful.

I imagine that you will get some replies about how to build a noise-proof box for the CPAP machine that doesn't block the air inflow. The whole machine doesn't need ventilation as far as I know. Just the air intake area and outflow (hose).
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(07-03-2016, 09:37 AM)green wings Wrote: Hello, Ostrich. Welcome to Apnea Board. Smile

I can tell you what my solution to hearing the CPAP machine and the sound of air whooshing by has been. I don't know if it will work for you.

I made a playlist of music on my iPod that I find to be sleep & calm-inducing, and I set the iPod to turn off after that playlist is finished. I didn't used to be a fan of listening to music before sleep, but like you, I found the sounds and vibration of the CPAP machine to affect my ability to relax and get sleepy.

I have been using CPAP for about 5 months now. I sometimes don't need the music to fall asleep now, but I still use it most nights. The CPAP machine and air sound much quieter to me now than they did at first.

If you don't want music, you might try a fan or look for some "white noise" recordings.

Quite a few people who visit this forum seem to find that they need medication to help them sleep for the first few weeks that they use CPAP. Melatonin or something similar can be helpful.

I imagine that you will get some replies about how to build a noise-proof box for the CPAP machine that doesn't block the air inflow. The whole machine doesn't need ventilation as far as I know. Just the air intake area and outflow (hose).



Hello and thanks for the replies.

I sometimes listen to new age and it makes me very tired but when Im ready to actually sleep the problem occurs. Im using zopiclone but it doesnt help with the cpap just toss and turning into eternity. I've got melatonin also but it doesn't work.

With patience I might find the machine less annoying? Im gonna make a soundproof box because it cannot get worse Big Grin

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#5
Just make sure you have a way for fresh air to get into the box
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#6
Hi Ostrich,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you with your CPAP therapy and finding a solution to the problem you are having with machine noise.
trish6hundred
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#7
Welcome to the Board Ostrich!

Would it perhaps help if you were to put your CPAP on the floor? Also on the same note, I know they sell 10 ft (3 metres) hoses and maybe that would allow you not only to put it on the floor, but maybe on the other side of a night table (that most of us have beside our bed)?
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#8
Without actually building anything, you may want to do some experimenting by placing a loose pillow (or equal cloth padding)
over the machine to see if cutting down on the sound immediately around the machine is actually the problem. Don't let it block the air intake. If that works, then an enclosure could be the answer. If it doesn't, you haven't wasted any time on construction. I doubt you could build anything any more effective than a pillow, so that test would be valid. JMHO (rigid foam insulation could work well)

Dude.

ps. During the experiment, it would be a good idea to include a thermometer inside the enclosure to check that your machine isn't being exposed to excessive heat.
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It seems that the supporting structure for the CPAP has a lot to do with sound levels. Using my normal nightstand causes the drawer area below the top to act as a sound box, amplifying the blower sound. I've found that using a duppey little TV stand that I made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) if considerably more dense and suppresses virtually all vibrational noises. This makes it sound like my HVAC system running.

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#10
I use a 2-drawer nightstand, and keep the unit in the lower drawer on a towel. The hose and electric lead passes through a 4 cm diameter hole in the rear of the cabinet and it is dead silent. Ventilation is no problem since there is plenty of make-up air through the drawer openings and hole for the hose.
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