My question is about how long head straps last. Mine is a Phillips Resperonics nasal pillow Nuance Pro. In less than three months, the fabric on the headstrap, particularly around the ears area, is delaminating from the neoprene, and losing its stretchy-ness, and has become sticky. I just re-ordered a new one today from Kaiser. The mask itself has two silicone cheek pads, the right cheek pad fell out after one month, the left popped out after two addition weeks. I cleaned them weekly with liquid Dawn and warm water until they started falling apart, now I take them in the shower and use shampoo. I haven't replaced the mask portion yet, the cheek pads don't seem the bother me one way or the other.
For the last month, I took the headstrap from my full face mask that I have and can't stand using, but it is uncomfortable to use and was just a band-aid. My leakage was higher with the jury-rigged strap, and it was harder to put on and keep on, and to stop the leakage I would pull it tighter, which created painful pressure points on my nose and collapsed the nasal pillows, so I had to constantly fiddle with them.
Other than that, I love my CPAP system. During my sleep test my AHI was 92, now it is 1.3. Last night is was 0.6. I wish I had been diagnosed 40 years ago. I'm 54, have snored loudly since puberty, and as I gained weight in my early 20's, I got severe headaches at night and during the day and struggled with staying awake. I worked shift work in the grocery industry, and thought I was always tired because of the hours I worked. I doubled in size, and luckily my doctor prescribed an at home sleep test. I never knew a good night sleep was this easy to have.