Thanks, I've been trying to adapt. I increased the pressure a bit, I guess just the first night was rough on the ears. Now I'm finding not enough pressure, however I still haven't lasted more than an hour or so at night before ripping it off...
I'll keep trying to get comfortable.
That 551P is asking $200 CAD (about $160 US), seems like a good deal? All the other ads for the same machine are asking $325 and up.
I assume these are used units you are considering, if so, please find out how many blower hours are on the machines. This is different than user hours.
User hours can be erased, but blower hours cannot.
There probably won't be a warranty, and if you have problems, then that's money wasted.
Josh, as far as adapting, we all have been there! It isn't easy for everyone.
You can try setting up your machine in another room, and while awake, with mask on and machine running, sit and read or watch TV for awhile. This can help you adapt to the feeling.
It comes with humidifies and power. I'll ask about the blower hours but I don't think they'll know. Is there a limit to how many hours should be acceptable?
I'll keep at trying to get comfortable. The pressure seems to be less now that in the beginning so I'm either adjusting or there was some clog in one of the vents before.
Thanks, I'll try to pick up the other one and then ask how to use is... lol
Asking about the run hours (Run Hrs) on the machine is a good thing to do. Whether he knows how to do it or not you'll need to learn how to do it when you go look at it. (Get the clinician's menu from Apnea Board).
As for how many hours is too many? There's no answer, but the higher the number the better your chances of negotiating a better price.
Let's do some counting. Five years is (or at least was) the medicare replacement schedule time. Five years times 365 days times 8 hours is almost 15 thousand hours. So I would use that as a guideline. We rarely hear about this brand of machine failing from old age, it has a reputation for being well built in comparison to other brands. We hear accounts of users having them for much longer than 5 years. Mine has about 4500 hours and it's working as good as new.
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