(02-27-2016 02:36 PM)PaytonA Wrote: I am going to do some more playing around with cushion size since I do not really like how close the seal comes to the corner of my eye. I can live with it if I must but would like to change it if I can.
This phenomenon is common to all FFM's because they all depend on the seal around the nose bridge, & in this, some masks are better than others. Here the F&P Simplus is more successful than most because it has a compound seal rather than a single membrane.
As with all FFM's the Simplus can be wrongly positioned with the nose seal close to the eyes, which is not ideal because this mask depends on the tapered shape of the human nose to tighten the seal against leaks. To obtain a good mask position, the mask must be drawn downward until the seal firmly grips the nose. & to do this I have developed a little device I call the woozLe.
To make a woozLe follow these instructions...
1. Cut 5 inches off one end of a strip of velcro 14 inches long and about 3/4 inch wide.
2. Take the longer piece and stitch a 2 inch loop on one end.
3. Stitch the two pieces back together making sure to reverse them so that one side is smooth & one is rough.
4. Slip the loop over one of the lower straps of your mask so that the smooth side is on top (This is for comfort).
As you put your mask on pull the other end of the woozLe across & under your chin.
5. Feed the this end of the WoozLe up through the loop in the remaining lower strap in back of the mask clip.
6. Grasping this end, draw the woozLe up fairly firmly (but not tightly), easing your mask downward with your free hand as you pull up on the end of the woozLe. Next, bend this end down around & under your chin fastening it to the Velcro beneath your chin. You will feel the seal tightening around the top of your nose as you ease your mask down. Be gentle. You'll soon get the hang of it & know how much tension to apply.
A sewing machine is great for this, but if you haven't one, then needle & thread or even an office stapler will do.
The WoozLe also takes the place of a chin strap &it does a better job keeping both mask & lower jaw together as one. Your mask needs to be the correct size so that the lower seal remains in its position in the groove of the chin.
The WoozLe is unfastened beneath your chin to remove your mask.
This device will keep your mask clips from pressing into your cheeks too. A lot of members have found this device helpful.