Received an email survey from Phillips. They basically wanted my opinion on what sounded like a good name for a new mask. There was no place to type a response….I wanted to say who th check cares what it is called if it worked!!!!See More
"This is not quite the same as the one that was done 10 years ago in a hospital OR. It is done over 6 months each a month apart and then is repeated yearly. All done in an MD's office with no sedation etc. Just a local to the tongue. Took…"
"I wish I'd seen this three months ago and would be the first to acknowledge that the plural of anecdote is not data, but I had this procedure a decade back and was off CPAP for a few years but it wasn't worth it. My doctor no longer…"
Medicare started covering oral appliances for sleep apnea in January, 2011 if certain conditions were met. These conditions included a face-to-face meeting with a doctor who prescribed a sleep study, a Medicare approved oral appliance, etc.I met the conditions in 2011, and my regular dentist made the device. I self-filed to Medicare, and, after 6 months, Medicare finally paid. A close relative of mine met the conditions in mid-2012, and his dentist made the appliance. He self-filed, and after…See More
"I liked the way it fit over the nose but the headgear was not comfy for me. It's always something!!!! It did not seem to stay in place well for me. We have lots of income tax deductions, don't we?? I can get…"
"Glad you feel better this AM. People that do not have sleep apnea do not know how fortunate they are. They just get ready for bed and fall into it. We have so much preparation and then the mental anguish of wondering what kind of a…"
"CPAP can be an expensive condition. I have always bought masks out of pocket. Insurance gives me a new mask every three months and a new cushion ever month, but that has never been enough. Last month a got my new mask- a Wisp- and…"
"Ginny, you're so sweet. The CPAP can certainly be difficult at times. Mainly the mask. Last night I was clear and used the nasal mask all night. I've had sinus woes since childhood. When I first go to bed…"
"A few thoughts:"Circular breathing" is fun, and when you get it you'll feel like you're "in the club." Which is cool, and I don't doubt that CB can be a helpful part of the technique as far as OSA is…"
"Well, a few things: The network website only went live a couple months ago. LA Outback is a didg dealer in LA, nice guys. But we're not competitors. I'm not a vendor, I only stock some sticks for my students and friends. And the ones we…"
"Thanks, Mike and Marcia. Marcia, if you call me I can easily describe an exercise that will let you try circular breathing.Mary, I think there's much more to instrument selection than sales details. There are poor choices: If a beginner gets a…"
"Yeah, the tuba just doesn't use the same techniques as the didg. But most didges are played with a relatively loose embouchure, when compared to say, a trumpet. They tend to be more like a trombone, baritone or bass. If you need one, I can…"
"I used to have OSA, never used a machine but I don't have it anymore. FWIW, I also perform and teach Tuvan Throat-Singing and did long before taking up the didg, but that didn't help (I believe). Those styles of singing use the tongue and…"
Steve, as a member of the SleepGuide Crew I would like to welcome you to the forum. SleepGuide is all about helping each other navigate the world of sleep apnea and its treatment. We have some experts on the forum, but it's mostly users supporting other users and families/friends. We're here to help you understand and take charge of your own treatment, solve problems and pass on tips and tricks to other members. A forum is only as successful as it's members make it by posting- a short intro would be great, or responding to others threads. An easy way to keep track of all the current discussions is from the main page.
Glad to have you, Steve. I don't know how many musicians we have on the forum, but your instrument has certainly been discussed.