The head and shoulders of a white man with dark hair in a blue t-shirt. Over his mouth is a breathing mask which runs below his nose. There are straps across his head, and he is pulling straps either side of his face tighter.

Amara View (Philips Respironics)

£130 from (provided to me for free by my respiratory team)

When I started needing breathing support at night, this was my first mask. I wear glasses, and struggle without them, so I wanted a mask I could use while wearing my glasses and I was supplied with this one.

The straps on the headgear are quite fiddly, and I struggled to get them to the right tension, and the velcro didn’t last as long as the rest of the mask. This meant that the mask would come loose and slip off my face at night.

However, it was a very comfortable mask to wear. It covers your mouth and seals round the base of your nose, without coming up higher on your nose. This prevented the constant red marks and sores I get with other masks, and made it a lot less claustrophobic because it didn’t interfere with my field of vision.

Because it covers your mouth, you can’t talk properly with this mask, your face is obscured. This makes it frustrating if you want to have a conversation or eat/drink anything, because you have to rip the mask off in order to do so.

If you need higher pressures from your machine, as I tended to, this can cause quite a lot of air leak round the edges of the mask. This can manifest in an unexpected shriek when you move your head, which startled me the first few times it happened, though I got used to it.

I eventually gave up on this mask when I got a nasal feeding tube, because the two didn’t work together. As I need my machine increasingly during the day, even when I don’t have a nasal feeding tube, I am unlikely to return to using this mask, as I prefer to use a nasal mask. However, it might well be an option for me to use this mask at night, when talking isn’t important, in order to let the bridge of my nose heal a bit.

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