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Nasal masks for large heads?
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RE: Nasal masks for large heads?
Mask parts will last much longer than the replacement schedules say. There have been a number of discussion threads about that in the last year or so, including a poll, and the consensus is that the schedules given by the insurers (I believe Medicare's is commonly used in the USA) and by the manufacturers are all overstated.

For anyone getting the parts via insurance with a small or zero out-of-pocket cost, it doesn't matter; just take what you're given and put the spares on the shelf. For the rest of us who are buying parts online, it's good to find out through experience how long the various pieces last. Just remember that a nosepiece or cushion should be washed every few days at least. Washing the other mask parts doesn't matter so much. Also, those of us who can easily do without added humidity (I'm one) have found that just that little detail, switching off the humidity entirely and keeping the tank dry, can double the lifetime. Humid air accelerates the decay of the materials and, mainly, breeds mold and bacteria.
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RE: Nasal masks for large heads?
(01-23-2019, 12:01 PM)cisbrane Wrote: I had a ResMed N20, that was pretty good, but the head strap was too small and could never fit my head; it kept slipping off. Also, the frame itself wasn't quite wide enough... the edges were close  to my eyes, though not on top of them.

Note that the N20 comes standard with a "regular" sized headgear, however a size Large is available, and I would imagine it should fit you.  I'm really in-between the two sizes (regular is too small - not enough adjustment to properly fit the mask, while large is almost too big and I have little adjustment left to make it smaller) and the Large has a LOT of extra room available if you need it.
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RE: Nasal masks for large heads?
This item is not about nasal masks as such, but just for completeness, on the off-chance that this helps any, let's include the ear loops when we're looking at different kinds of headgear.

Resmed Swift FX Bella: https://www.resmed.com/us/en/consumer/pr...-gray.html

That headgear is an excellent idea, even more minimal than the single backstrap of the Brevida and P10, and I wish it were available for other masks (from any manufacturer) that are small enough and light enough to use it. Unfortunately, there aren't any standards for interoperability of mask components. The ISO really needs to get involved in this stuff. (I'll have to write a letter to the editor. Grumble, grumble.) The Bella loops can be bought separately, of course, but attaching them to the frame of a mask other than the Swift FX would be a hassle at best or impractical at worst, depending on the mask.

To consider the Swift FX itself as a candidate, you'd need to be a fan of not only that general mask type, which is Nasal Pillows, but the subtype, which is Hard Lumps, same as the P10 (so stock up on lanolin cream).
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The Wisp large headgear is a separate item, and some DMEs to not stock it. I think I have mine convinced to keep one in stock for me. I find it more comfortable than the Brevida, which I also like.
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