Individuals who have sleep apnea often don’t wear their CPAP masks as they’re supposed to. This is likely due to the CPAP’s bulky mask attached to tangling cords and hoses. However, soon there may be a hoseless, cordless, maskless, battery-powered CPAP device available for these patients called Airing.
First, what exactly is sleep apnea? According to the Airing website:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is typically caused by a blockage of the airway when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses during sleep. Untreated, OSA causes a number of serious health problems including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory impairment, weight gain, and headaches.
The standard treatment for OSA is “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure,” or a CPAP. While the CPAP machines may help, many patients don’t wear these machines due to their cumbersome design (50% of patients stop using the CPAP within one year.)
Stephen Marsh, the inventor behind Airing, a new type of CPAP, was working on an entirely different invention at the time, thus Airing is the “result of an incredibly happy accident.” Airing is different from the traditional CPAP machine in many ways.
Here is an overview of Airing’s features:
- CPAP masks get dirty and need to be cleaned constantly; this is not so with Airing.
- Each Airing device is designed for one night’s use only and is recyclable.
- Airing also liberates users from the tangled cords and the annoying hum that both come with other CPAP machines.
- Airing’s design is a byproduct of several inventions, the main one being the micro-blowers. Micro-blowers are entirely contained within the Airing device, thus eliminating the need for external hoses.
- Each Airing device is battery-operated, eliminating the need for any power cords.
Airing’s Technology Specs:
- Inhalation vent: As the patient inhales, air enters through holes, is filtered and drawn into hundreds of micro-blowers that create the precise airway pressure needed.
- Exhalation vents: As the patient exhales, unencumbered airflow exists through micro-screens.
- Nose buds: Soft, comfortable silicone engineered to stay firmly in the nostril, forming a perfect seal without using straps.
- Housing: Injection molded shell holds all electronic components as well as the battery. Total weight of the device is less than one ounce.
The Airing device is still in its early stages and is set to launch a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo next month.
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