How often should you replace your mask? Can you buy individual replacement components? Find the answer to these and other mask replacement questions below.
Q. Why and how often should I get a new CPAP mask cushion?
A. Like any piece of clothing or accessory, your mask cushion becomes worn out over time. Mask and supply replacement is important for optimal comfort.
The life of a mask cushion depends on various factors such as how much you use it, the oils from your skin, and how often you clean it. We highly recommend inspecting your mask according to the cleaning and maintenance routine outlined in your mask user guide. The user guide supplied with your mask contains guidelines to help you inspect, assess and replace your supplies. Check for small tears or pinholes and anything else that might cause a leak. Household pets (and children) have been known to damage cushions by playing with them, so it’s a good idea to keep your mask out of reach. Also, be sure not to leave your mask somewhere that receives direct sunlight during the day.
Q. Why and how often should I replace my headgear?
A. You may need to replace your headgear occasionally as it may become stretched or lose their elasticity, leading to overtightening and discomfort. Taking good care of your mask is an important step toward optimal performance. Similar to your mask cushion, please refer to your mask user guide for specific guidelines on inspecting and replacing your headgear.
You should also ask your equipment supplier about how often insurance will pay for new headgear and which services are available to best fit your needs, such as a personalized replacement plan and convenient home delivery.