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Inhale noise problem Resmed S9
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I have a one day old Resmed S9. I used it on Auto, and my AHI was <3 for the first night. But, there is a loud "whooshing" type noise upon every inhalation. The noise is coming from the flow generator. I can tell this by inhaling & holding the machine next to my ear. I have seen other posts, elsewhere about this problem. If anyone has information about this noise I would like to hear about it. Thanks!
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If you've had it for just that long, ask for another. Check the hours used to make sure you are getting a new one. Hold the two silver buttons down, scroll to the Sleep Quality screen, tap the knob button, then scroll down in that screen. Hours used will be the last line.

Other than that, make sure the humidifier lid is down completely. Make sure the filter is in correctly. Make sure the humidifier and blower unit are correctly attached to each other.
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(01-12-2013, 09:38 AM)Dr. Bernard Loewenthal Wrote: But, there is a loud "whooshing" type noise upon every inhalation. The noise is coming from the flow generator.

Hi Cloudoc! Welcome

OK, I think you're the first to report a noise on inhalation, so far, all the people reporting a whistle type noise have always said it occurs on exhalation.

If you're using a ClimateLine hose, can you take your standard SlimLine hose, disconnect the H5i humidifier, connect the standard hose directly to the flow generator and see if there's still a noise when you inhale?

I've previously racked my brain trying to determine the cause of the S9's whistle that other users have reported but, my S9 doesn't make any kind of sound so I can only go by what other users have said.

If your S9 continues to make the sound you describe, you should take it back to your DME on Monday with your mask and test another S9 to ensure there's no noise coming from it, the S9 is one of the quietest flow generators on the market and you may have a defective unit.

Sleep-well

Ren
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Well, actually, I had this happen last night. For the first time ever, I pulled my CPAP off the shelf. I think I had the hose wrapped around my wrist and when I moved, down it came. It went straight down and landed on the front edge. There was no water anywhere on the floor and none on the outside of the machine. I felt inside the opening between the humidifier and the blower unit and it was dry. I turned it back on and it seemed to work fine until I put my mask on.

It was like an asthmatic Darth Vader. It was akin to a dying asthmatic cow. In other words, it sounded awful. Both dogs ran out of the room and stood in the doorway, staring at me.

With the mask off, it sounded as quiet as usual.

I took the humdifier to the bathroom and opened it up. It was wet inside there but not that bad. I dried everything off including removing the gasket on the lid (it was wet behind it). I dried everything I could and hooked everything back up. When I turned it back on and put the mask on, it wasn't nearly as bad but within just a few breaths, it slowly stopped by the time the pressure got up to speed.

What I think it was is the air flowing over either that gasket or some other spot of water which caused a ripple which then amplified. The noise was on the inhale and exhale with the louder part being the inhale.

Did I mention it was an awful racket?
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I've had this on occasion, especially when my machine was new. Never figured it out, but I would just fuss with the mask, hose, position, etc., until I couldn't hear it anymore. Sometimes that meant getting out of bed, coming back and starting over completely. It wasn't excessively loud, but definitely somewhat noisy while my machine is generally whisper quiet.
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(01-12-2013, 01:22 PM)TheWerkz Wrote:
(01-12-2013, 09:38 AM)Dr. Bernard Loewenthal Wrote: But, there is a loud "whooshing" type noise upon every inhalation. The noise is coming from the flow generator.

Hi Cloudoc! Welcome

OK, I think you're the first to report a noise on inhalation, so far, all the people reporting a whistle type noise have always said it occurs on exhalation.

If you're using a ClimateLine hose, can you take your standard SlimLine hose, disconnect the H5i humidifier, connect the standard hose directly to the flow generator and see if there's still a noise when you inhale?

I've previously racked my brain trying to determine the cause of the S9's whistle that other users have reported but, my S9 doesn't make any kind of sound so I can only go by what other users have said.

If your S9 continues to make the sound you describe, you should take it back to your DME on Monday with your mask and test another S9 to ensure there's no noise coming from it, the S9 is one of the quietest flow generators on the market and you may have a defective unit.

Sleep-well

Ren
The same problem exists when I attach the slimline hose directly to the flow generator. Thanks for the suggestion.


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#7
Take it back and get another. The machine, not the hose.

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(01-12-2013, 09:38 AM)Dr. Bernard Loewenthal Wrote: I have a one day old Resmed S9. I used it on Auto, and my AHI was <3 for the first night. But, there is a loud "whooshing" type noise upon every inhalation. The noise is coming from the flow generator. I can tell this by inhaling & holding the machine next to my ear. I have seen other posts, elsewhere about this problem. If anyone has information about this noise I would like to hear about it. Thanks!
Cloudoc

I have the same thing on mine (set at 9) on inhalation. Plus the soft whistling sound on exhalation (but that is not bothersome).This is the second brand new unit and does the same. Am planning on dumping it in favour of a PRS 1 unit which apparently is much quieter and holds a lot more water.
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(01-27-2013, 08:26 PM)cam Wrote: I have the same thing on mine (set at 9) on inhalation. Plus the soft whistling sound on exhalation (but that is not bothersome).This is the second brand new unit and does the same. Am planning on dumping it in favour of a PRS 1 unit which apparently is much quieter and holds a lot more water.

Hi cam, welcome to the forum!

Your profile now says you're using a Fisher-Paykel 604.

Was the noise during inhalation coming from two new ResMed S9 machines you tried out?

Some S9 AutoSet users report their machine is very quiet. Others report noise occurs only in a small range of pressures and higher or lower pressures are quiet.

Pressure at the blower unit will be at least slightly different during inhale versus exhale, even if EPR is turned off, because the pressure dropped across the hose will be at least slightly different. Maybe the pressure change at the blower unit during inhalation versus exhalation is bringing it into and out of a noisy pressure range. This may explain why some hear the noise on inhale and others on exhale.

Take care,
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(01-28-2013, 01:51 PM)vsheline Wrote:
(01-27-2013, 08:26 PM)cam Wrote: I have the same thing on mine (set at 9) on inhalation. Plus the soft whistling sound on exhalation (but that is not bothersome).This is the second brand new unit and does the same. Am planning on dumping it in favour of a PRS 1 unit which apparently is much quieter and holds a lot more water.

Hi cam, welcome to the forum!

Your profile now says you're using a Fisher-Paykel 604.

Was the noise during inhalation coming from two new ResMed S9 machines you tried out?

Some S9 AutoSet users report their machine is very quiet. Others report noise occurs only in a small range of pressures and higher or lower pressures are quiet.

Pressure at the blower unit will be at least slightly different during inhale versus exhale, even if EPR is turned off, because the pressure dropped across the hose will be at least slightly different. Maybe the pressure change at the blower unit during inhalation versus exhalation is bringing it into and out of a noisy pressure range. This may explain why some hear the noise on inhale and others on exhale.

Take care,
--- Vaughn
I still have the 604 but am trying out the Resmed machine.
This is the 3rd Resmed S9 that I have tried out. They are all the same. I believe the EPR is turned off as I complained initially when I tried the first machine on vacation that you could hear inhalation and exhalation. After I complained, I think the technician turned the EPR off. Now you just hear the inhalation. and because the reservoir is smaller, after just 7 or 8 hours the water level is below the bottom mark. I think I'll give the Philips RS 1 a try. I'll revert with my thoughts afterwards.

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