I posted this as a reply to a topic on the TAS board. I love my Aura more than ever now!
Topic posted by LCM (Lorraine) Apr 27 2005 subject: My Hair! It's Being Destroyed!
, let it never be said that lab rats won't go to extreme measures when it comes to their hair.
I've come up with yet another fix for my Aura. A pretty drastic one. You might not want to do it.
I've been thinking about doing this almost ever since I got the Aura and found I needed to add homemade straps.
With the straps added, there was really nothing about the Aura's own headgear holding it on for me. My straps were doing it all, and the Aura's top strap in particular was doing nothing more than keeping the lockbox from flopping over in front of my face.
Your post made me say, "Awww, what the hey...I've been meaning to figure out a way to get the connector hose out of that lockbox ... I'm gonna do it right now."
I took a serrated knife to the "lockbox." I unlocked the hose!! I now have the most ultra lightweight, most comfortable Aura in captivity! There's nothing touching my hair line or the top of my head at all now.
No "lockbox." No rubber straps. Nothing to break off a woman's hair (or a man's, for that matter) at the hairline, wherever it may be.
The lockbox and ALL the rubber strapping that comes with the headgear is now packed away in my discard drawer. All that's left of my Aura are the perfect parts...the parts that made the Aura my favorite - its ultra soft nasal pillow assembly and the plastic upward pointing exhaust.
Of course the connector hose is still on it too, but the hose is freed from the lockbox and is now happily flopping loose. It's even easier now to connect the Aura's hose overhead to the main air hose hanging from the wall. The hose still stays up out of the way for tossing and turning - side sleeping, back sleeping, whatever.
The Aura's nasal thingy and its plastic exhaust are still held at the same places by my two sets of homemade straps - one set at eyebrow level, the other set (the infamous pantyleg strap!) holding the bottom corners of the nasal assembly.
My stripped down Aura is the most comfortable nasal pillows I've ever had on. The only thing I had to add was a small piece of soft foam on my forehead where the eyebrow level straps are connected at the front. The foam pads it nicely at my forehead.
I chose a thickness of foam to tilt the top of the nasal assembly forward "just right", now that there's no lockbox up above to maintain a forward tilt to the top.
An extra black foam filter for the Remstar was the right thickness for me. I cut it in half, using one half at my forehead.
I wedged the other half of the foam between the connector hose and the cut off rods at the top, to be sure the hose would never get against the top of the cut off rods. That would be unlikely since the hose has a rigid connector there, but I wanted to be absolutely sure the hose never got jabbed.
, this isn't a fix that I'd recommend at all unless a person liked the Aura's nasal part, but was about to discard the Aura altogether because of the underside of the lockbox thinning/breaking their hair or bothering their scalp - or just plain being annoying to have up there..
Getting the hose out of the lockbox involves putting the connector hose (as well as one's fingers!) in jeopardy while sawing (twice!) through the plastic piece at the back of the lockbox to free the hose at the back.
To avoid nicking the hose while sawing away at the hard plastic with my serrated knife, I stuck some closed scissors flat between the hose and where I was sawing.
You have to cut through two spots on that back piece of plastic to get that piece of plastic off and lift the hose out. Someone with the proper tools could do a faster, safer job of it, but I made it through both times with fingers and (more importantly!
) the hose intact.
You also have to cut through both of the thin rods of plastic that hold the front of the lock box. Compared to the thick plastic holding the the hose at the back, those front rods are a piece of cake to saw through. I sawed the rods off just above
the small horizontal U shaped piece that's above the exhaust.
Again I stuck some closed scissors between hose and where I was sawing, to protect the hose from any slip of the serrated knife. File the cut ends of the rods to smooth them.
Aeiomed (makers of the Aura) might feel this drastic change defeats their design purpose of having nasal pillows with no "straps" on the cheeks. That's true.
But if it comes down to having no straps on the cheeks or thinning, breaking hair up at the hairline.... hmmmm
Anyway, I tried out my new sans-lockbox Aura thoroughly with a long nap. Sealed beautifully and was more comfortable than it's ever been before. Everyone's mileage may vary, though, so don't wreck your
Aura unless it was about to hit the drawer anyway.
Two full nights using my stripped down Aura Lite.
AHI 0.7 each night.
Working great and soooo comfortable to sleep in.