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[Pressure] ResMed AirCurve 10 S
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When I got my machine last month, I started out with a Respironics Amara View Mask.  First night everything worked perfectly.  Slept through the night as did my wife.  Next few nights things started well but at some point during the night started getting big, noisy leaks around mask.  Little sleep for either of us.  After several nights of this, stopped using unit until I could get a different mask.  Switched to a Respironics Comfortgel Blue Full face mask.  Got its head straps adjusted to point where unit's leak test function was happy.  Went to sleep.  Sometime later had repeated episodes of big, noisy leaks around mask.  Like letting air out of a balloon while stretching its neck.  Repeatedly tightened straps, problem returned some time after getting back to sleep.  Tried holding the mask tighter to my face during several of these episodes with limited success and ended up with a large bruise across the bridge of my nose for my efforts.  It seems to me that the unit is surging the pressure above the 20cm H2O mark by quite a bit when this happens.  Anyone else experienced events like this? I should mention that I'm using the unit in Bipap mode, 14cm H2O EPAP, 20cm H2O IPAP. 

After such a good night the first night I used the unit, it has been an absymal failure since then.  I don't seem to be able to trigger a noisy leak event by starting to inhale and then suddenly exhaling.  Unit works as it's supposed to when trying this with minimal, quiet leaks around mask.
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Keep trying and watch the mask fit videos on youtube. Do the fit laying down. I think the idea is to have the mask as loose as possible without leaking. I loosen mine till it starts leaking then nip it up a little bit. Depending where it is leaking, you either adjust the top or bottoms, or both. If it leaks during the night I reset it by pulling it off my face and letting go (you'll see when you try this). then I might tighten the strap a bit. there is also a link on mask fit in my signature

You don't have to use a philips mask, I found the resmed f20 silicon (they also have a memory foam) quite good, it's a single piece without the skirt. I run higher pressures on my machine and it's fine for my face.
new http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...re_success
mask fit http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ask_Primer
From machine or charts for auto-cpap, set the min 1cm below median pressure, or 2cm below 90/95%. max at 20cm for now. Forum will help you fine tune settings
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Hi BobR1946,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more answers to your question and good luck with CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#4
Bob, one of our members wrote a great reference on fitting your mask and how to get a better fit. The mask primer is the last link in my signature. Give it a read. It has helped a lot of people.
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