There are many different masks to choose from with your CPAP therapy. Each mask has different components that will wear out at different rates. After a while you may find that your CPAP mask is generating an excessive amount of noise or that your CPAP mask is noisier than when you first began using it.
Here we will be exploring a few of the different reasons your CPAP mask is making such noise, and some of the things you can do to reduce it.
Mouth dropping open through the night
When your mouth drops open through the night, air can escape out of it, this in turn can be quite noisy. If this is happening and you are wearing a nasal mask, it may be worth considering a chinstrap or using a full face mask.
It may also be worth getting the pressure settings on your machine reviewed. If your machine is blowing more pressure than it needs to, this can create a buildup of pressure in the mouth.
Hissing noise from your mask
If there is a hissing noise coming from the exhaust point of your mask, this can be caused by tiny droplets of moisture. Ensure that your exhaust point is as dry as possible at the start the of the night and that you wipe it out if you hear it during the night.
Of note, all masks have an exhaust point where exhaled air will pass. These are often the noisiest points of the mask. It is very important that you do not tape over or cover this section of your mask.
Learn how to fit your mask properly and how to disassemble and reassemble it:
As CPAP masks become more modern, they are becoming easier to fit and are made up of less parts.
We do still find from time to time when people come in that they are experiencing difficulties putting their mask on correctly or they have put their mask back together incorrectly.
If you find that there is a lot of noise coming from your mask, ensure that all of the parts have been connected as they should. If you are unsure, you can send a picture of your mask to us and we can talk you through it.
It is not uncommon for us to see people who have put their mask on upside down or with the straps not configured properly. Again, if you are unsure on whether your mask is sitting properly on your head or worry that it is not as it should be, send us a picture and we can advise.
If you have tried these tips and can’t seem to quieten your therapy, give us a call on 1800799950 or organise a free CPAP equipment review online.