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monkeychow Offline


Posts: 5
Joined: Jan 2016

Machine: Resmed Airsence 10 Elite
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10
Humidifier: Unsure
CPAP Pressure: 10.4
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male

Post: #1
Ear Pressure Problems
Hi All,

I've been paping well for about 2 months, on a resmed airsense 10 elite, pressure of 10.4, but suddenly i'm having a new problem.

All goes well until I swallow (just a normal swallow of excess saliva while waiting to sleep) - when I do this it "pops" my ears - and creates a pressured feeling on the inner ear like in an aeroplane. This wasn't happening previously but has happened past 3 nights - it's very unpleasant - sort of painful - and makes it very hard to sleep.

I tried increasing the humidity incase it is to do with blocked sinus somewhere but it's already on 5 and any more seems to put water in my tube.

I'd be very grateful if anyone can help me out with a solution to this. I was doing well at adjusting (100% compliance so far) but this is becoming a real roadblock for me. But I know I have to find a way. It's so hard to sleep with that much pressure in my ear.

Thanks in advance
03-02-2016 03:22 AM
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AshSF Offline

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Posts: 351
Joined: Oct 2014

Machine: PRS1 D560TS
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed P10, Bkup: Airfit F10 & Quattro Air
Humidifier: PRS1 60 series with Heated Tube
CPAP Pressure: 8 - 8 w/ Aflex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Using APAP mode with fixed pressure

Sex: Male

Post: #2
RE: Ear Pressure Problems
Try doing a Valsalva maneuver just before you mask up. It may help.

Started APAP 4-20, Closed range to 7.5-14, then straight 8.0 w/ Aflex 3
RDI always below 1. But sleep much much better at straight pressure.
Started on F10, Tried Quattro Air successfully. Finally settled on P10.
03-02-2016 03:41 AM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,291
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Ear Pressure Problems
Hi monkeychow,
Are you using EPR? this might make it a bit easier if you are having trouble breathing against the pressure; try setting it to 2.
Hang in there for more suggestions.

03-02-2016 02:11 PM
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