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[Equipment] I need a new mask
#1
Question 
You'd think that after using a CPAP for almost a score of years, I'd not have any problem selecting a new nasal pillow mask. Just goes to show you what happens as we get older! oldman

So, does anyone have any recommendations, suggestions, etc?

PS. I could have put this question into a survey/poll, but didn't want to have to list all of the nasal pillow masks that are currently available. Whistle

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#2
By this post I assume either your old regular is no longer made, or, you want/hope for something better? How about telling us what you feel are the short-comings of your current mask?
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional.  My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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#3
A problem with the back-strap on the Aloha cropped up this week (see http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...1#pid86721) . And I'd like to try something newer than the Optilife that I've used for years.

A full beard kinda precludes anything other than nasal pillow masks.
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#4
Please be sure to let us know how it turns out? I don't use pillows so can't be much help - but at least you got noticed Smile
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional.  My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you. Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your Soul, the other for your Freedom."
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#5
For goodness sakes do not go with a P10. Dielaughing Just kidding. As I am sure you are aware, a lot of vociferous people seem to like that mask.
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#6
Yes, please don't anyone else start buying Airfit P10's -- there might not be enough of them for me Smile
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HerbM
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#7
If you want a non-adjustable, minimalistic headgear with a Swift FX pillows that have a diffuser to lessen the noise of the air from the vent, then try the P10.

If you want a slightly more adjustable, minimalistic headgear with pillows that sit mostly on the outside of your nostril vs go inside, try the Nuance.

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#8
P10 despite Paula02 hating!

Also, I have been looking at the Pilario Q (spelling?) I am starting to think I'd like to try that one as well. It really looks nice like the P10 and it has a swivel something I am not crazy about missing on my P10. And to make Paula02 happy it comes with 2 YES TWO sets of headgear. One that will make her happy, and one that will make me happy. One of those two might even make you happy!

How's that for a no poll!
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#9
Just switched to the Nuance Pro Gel mask having come from over a decade using the 'Breeze' mask. OMG what a difference. The Breeze was always leaking, and pads 'melting' and sore nostrils. I looked at the Nuance, and thought, how could this minimalistic soft flimsy mask possibly work...
Well it does ! Light weight, and not hard parts means I can roll to my side without pressing hard metal or plastic into the side of my face. I adjust it so that it has very light pressure on the nose, and it doesn't leak at all, even with my tossing and turning with a heavy heated hose. Also, it's quiet, and the exhaust airflow is diffused so it doesn't blow in a stream towards your partner.

YMMV

M
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#10
That's a bit like asking what kind of shoe is most comfortable.

I had to toughen up my nose gradually when I went from ComfortGel nasal to Swift FX, but now, I could wear my Swift FX all day.
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