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Machine: PRS 1 (560) Auto with A-Flex
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Location: Northern Virginia

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Ladies preferences in headgear
Hi,
My wife is finally going to switch from an oral appliance to CPAP and has asked me what kind of a mask she should get. She has indicated that she does not like my headgear because of the straps that go across the top of the head. Her concern is she doesn't want "hat hair" in the morning. Her pressures will be on the low side, perhaps 4-8 and the machine will be a PRS 560 with heated humidifier. She has not yet developed a preference between nasal mask and pillows.
02-25-2015 02:56 PM
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OpalRose Offline

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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

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Location: Northeast Ohio, USA

Post: #2
RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
The ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillow mask is quite popular with men and women both, but in the end, she is the one who will have to decide. Most online suppliers will allow you a 30 trial.
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02-25-2015 06:00 PM
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RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
(02-25-2015 02:56 PM)on the virge Wrote:  Hi,
My wife is finally going to switch from an oral appliance to CPAP and has asked me what kind of a mask she should get. She has indicated that she does not like my headgear because of the straps that go across the top of the head. Her concern is she doesn't want "hat hair" in the morning. Her pressures will be on the low side, perhaps 4-8 and the machine will be a PRS 560 with heated humidifier. She has not yet developed a preference between nasal mask and pillows.

I have the same one that you have and don't have hat hair. The straps aren't supposed to be that tight, I don't think Smile
02-25-2015 08:00 PM
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RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
There's these things called "Bella loops" that work with, I think, several different masks. I can't remember which ones. They hook over the ears vs fit over the head.

Hosehead hair is going to be a given, sadly. The fit of the mask is more important.

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02-25-2015 08:20 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Post: #5
RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
I don't worry too much about "hat hair," I figure I can always fix that as I get up and around in the morning.
I like the P10 because there isn't much headgear to be a problem for me.
I hope your wife does well with CPAP therapy and that she likes her new machine.

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02-25-2015 08:53 PM
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Elizabeth25 Offline

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Post: #6
RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
I also have liked the P10. No hat hair. The straps are so minimal and lightweight.
I was more interested in whether it would leave marks on my face. My first two masks (Nuance and Swift FX) left marks that stayed for hours. The P10 leaves marks only once in a while.
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02-25-2015 10:46 PM
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Post: #7
RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
I'm also a lady with hat hair concerns. Smile I use the P10, which does the least damage of those with actual headgear. I wear a headband during the day, so the slight mark across the top is easily hidden. The other strap goes under my hair, so no problem with a mark. The lack of hair-eating velcro is another major plus. Depends on your wife's hairstyle if it would work for her.

The Bella Loops option for the Swift FX pillows could work, but I could never get them to stop leaking like crazy with the slightest movement (hose dragging on the pillows).

Your wife might really like the TAP PAP mask, especially if she's already used to an oral appliance. I loved it in theory, no headgear at all, but it put too much pressure on my teeth , so I could never get past my paranoia that it might pull one of my crowns off some day. It takes some doing to get the mouth piece molded just right, but it's definitely one to look at. That's the one I really wish worked for me (they need to make it lighter with a double mouth piece, dangit!)
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02-26-2015 01:33 AM
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RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
(02-26-2015 01:33 AM)hootietoot Wrote:  Your wife might really like the TAP PAP mask, especially if she's already used to an oral appliance. I loved it in theory, no headgear at all, it's definitely one to look at.

Thank you all for your comments. She decided to give the TAP PAP her first try because it is quite minimalist and she is used to sleeping with the oral appliance.

We will post after receiving the equipment (10 days) and giving it a chance, so, probably a month from now.
02-26-2015 04:15 PM
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Machine: PRS 1 (560) Auto with A-Flex
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Mask Make & Model: P10
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic Other Software

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Sex: Male
Location: Northern Virginia

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RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
(02-26-2015 04:15 PM)on the virge Wrote:  We will post after receiving the equipment and giving it a chance

The TAP PAP has worked very well. She has tried the Swift FX with Bella Loops but not using the headgear. They were OK and will serve well for an alternate/backup. Main focus now is getting the pressures squared away; so best approach is settle on TAP PAP which works well. Later on she will experiment further with pillows and nasal masks but to do so now would simply invite confusion.

Thanks again for your advice. She is adapting well and her numbers are acceptable (<5) but there is progress yet to be made.
03-24-2015 03:25 PM
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RE: Ladies preferences in headgear
Glad things are working out!
03-24-2015 05:42 PM
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