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Mask/leak question.
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jessamnda Offline

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Post: #1
Mask/leak question.
I got my cpap about a week and a half ago, adjusting is slow so I don't have much data to run through Sleepyhead.
But I have a question about my nasal mask that seems to be leaking air out of the front. The mask fit indicator on my airsense 10 shows good, but when it starts to increase pressure there's a pretty strong flow of air that seems to be coming directly from the mask, seems to be right where the hose connects to the mask. I can feel it against my hand when I hold it up to the mask.

It doesn't look damaged, is this normal?

Edit: after looking closely, it looks like there's little pinhole vents that might be causing me to feel this "leaking", which is obviously intentional.
(This post was last modified: 08-02-2016 11:24 AM by jessamnda.)
08-02-2016 11:16 AM
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chill Offline

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Post: #2
RE: Mask/leak question.
That is the vent, all masks have them. When you breath out, it is exhausted here. There is also a continuous exhaust of fresh air from the machine (to prevent your exhaled breath from getting into the hose. As the pressure increases, the flow out of the vent and, unfortunately the noise, will increase.

If you can fill in your profile with your machine, mask(s), settings, etc. it will help us answer your questions more quickly and accurately.
08-02-2016 12:47 PM
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Post: #3
RE: Mask/leak question.
the mask *has* to vent, or you can't get rid of the exhaled CO2. some masks have better diffusion than others. (which do you have???) I prefer the P10 for its very diffused venting; I am very intolerant of streams of air hitting my body, especially when it feels cool.

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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه
08-02-2016 12:48 PM
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jessamnda Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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Post: #4
RE: Mask/leak question.
Mirage FX. I was thinking of trying nasal pillows as my insurance will cover one change on my headgear the first month.

I also need to up my low end pressure as it's not cutting it when I first try to sleep.

On a positive note, I wore it the whole night 2 nights ago for the first time. The machine said my AHI was 1.7. If that's correct, pretty good from an AHI of 107.
(This post was last modified: 08-02-2016 05:48 PM by jessamnda.)
08-02-2016 05:47 PM
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chill Offline

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Post: #5
RE: Mask/leak question.
That is a pretty impressive reduction in AHI! If insurance will pay for it, I would get a different type of mask. I have full fast, nasal, and nasal pillows. I switch between them as the mood (and problems) move me.
08-03-2016 01:02 AM
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DariaVader Offline
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Post: #6
RE: Mask/leak question.
make sure u try any mask at your max pressure. Higher pressures make it harder not to leak!

هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه
Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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08-03-2016 03:13 PM
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jessamnda Offline

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Location: Orange County, CA

Post: #7
RE: Mask/leak question.
(08-03-2016 01:02 AM)chill Wrote:  That is a pretty impressive reduction in AHI! If insurance will pay for it, I would get a different type of mask. I have full fast, nasal, and nasal pillows. I switch between them as the mood (and problems) move me.

Yeah, I was pretty impressed too, although my sleep study was done while I was on my back and all my sleeping with cpap has been on my side. I'm sure skews the numbers a bit.
08-06-2016 12:40 AM
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jessamnda Offline

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Location: Orange County, CA

Post: #8
RE: Mask/leak question.
(08-02-2016 12:48 PM)DariaVader Wrote:  the mask *has* to vent, or you can't get rid of the exhaled CO2. some masks have better diffusion than others. (which do you have???) I prefer the P10 for its very diffused venting; I am very intolerant of streams of air hitting my body, especially when it feels cool.

Have you tried the Swift FX?

That's what I picked up today. I had the option of that or the P10 and I opted for the Swift FX as it had a more adjustable strap and a swivel on the tube, which has come in handy with my nasal mask. I tried it on and I'm optimistic.

Edit: Just found the Swift FX vs P10 thread(and saw your reply)...looks like I may have chosen poorly. The gal really kinda talked up the Swift...she said a lot of people complain that the strap gets too loose and she said the nasal pillows were the same...apparently not. Meh, if this doesn't work I guess I'll drop $75 on the P10 if this doesn't work.
(This post was last modified: 08-10-2016 04:22 PM by jessamnda.)
08-10-2016 04:05 PM
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