Would anyone on the forum whose therapeutic pressure is around 20 cm H2O please let me know how you managed to reduce mask leakage to an acceptable level. I am getting very frustrated in this attempt. I am not new to VPAP but I went along for over a year thinking that I was reasonably leak free until I ran across this font of information (ApneaBoard.com) and learned what the data in the machine means.
I did find out the hard way that there was nothing that I could do to get the ffm that I had for a while to seal and the leaks were very irritating because they were directed right at my eyes. I went back to the nasal mask that I am still using and through some testing while awake found that I could completely seal off my mouth leaks with my tongue but when I did, I got a leak between my eyeball and my eye socket.
I just recently got the ruby red chin strap and I tried it last night but my leakage was not much better than with no chin strap. The leakage was 1.3 L/s versus my 1.4-1.7 L/s with no chin strap.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
After 2+ years at a pressure of 17, I had my nose surgery done (throat surgery too), and that has helped a fair bit. No magic answers here, I used a nasa mask (this was years ago) and strapped it down tight. Perhaps one of the new FULL FACE masks (includes eyes) would help?
I did grab a new FFM, a 'Simplus',and at my current inhale pressure of 15-16 it is amazing, as is the 'Wisp' nasal mask. - Course, what works for one, may not work for a zombie.
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I agree with Peter. When running high pressure there really is not way to prevent leaks other than having the mask tight. You may have to experiment with different masks in order to find one that you can live with having it tight. I guess that's why most of havw several, if not more, different masks some of which never get used.
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