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The Airing Micro-CPAP – The future of the CPAP Machine and How it Treats Sleep Apnea and Snoring

May 13, 2019 Update:

It’s been at least 2 years since I’ve examined this product and over 4 years since the development project has launched, so I figured that it was time to come back and update this page. 
 
There have been rumors circulating the internet that the Airing Micro CPAP is a scam. While I’m not going to speculate or fan the flames, I will say that it has been over 5 months since they have released an update on their crowdfunding page. The most recent announcement in November 2018 suggests that they have employed a mechanical engineer to troubleshoot and assemble the micro pumps. 
 
Their fundraising site mentions that they are still in the development stage and the product is not available. They also suggest that the development is complex and can be delayed when milestones are missed. 
 
There seems to be a bit of criticism being aired on their Facebook page regarding the company not delivering a prototype or offering any updates. Some suggest that it’s not possible for such a small device to deliver a high enough volume of air to be effective as a CPAP device. 
 
Airing has however responded to some of these comments on their Facebook page. 
 
Another issue that the company seems to be facing is knockoff products that are being produced and sold under the Airing name while it’s supposedly being developed. These products resemble the body of the device but have no internal working components. Some critics have mistaken these companies who are producing knockoffs as Airing. 
 
To be clear, the company has not released its product yet, so it’s not available for purchase. 
 

Will they ever deliver or is this just a huge scam?

 
While no one can say definitively whether or not this is the case, check out their fundraising page and read the comments on their Facebook page and then use your best judgment. 
 
In the meantime, consider one of the three mouthpieces below. I have tested these as well as a number of others and can recommend any of the three. 
 
Remember, be sure to speak with your doctor before treating sleep apnea or snoring with any mandibular advancement device.  

SleepTight

5/5

$87.90 (2 Pack)

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Effectiveness 100%
Comfort & Fit 97%
Quality 96%
Value 99%

GMSS

4.6/5

$79.89 Each

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Effectiveness 100%
Comfort & Fit 88%
Quality 96%
Value 82%

VitalSleep

4.5/5

$69.95 Each

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Effectiveness 100%
Comfort & Fit 85%
Quality 92%
Value 85%

3.75 Star Rating

The Airing Micro CPAP

 

The Micro CPAP machine is a recently designed product that is currently under FDA review and is being tested to treat sleep apnea.  The micro CPAP machine is an exceptionally smaller technology compared to a normal CPAP machine, as it does not have long hoses, a large machine, or a face mask.  Rather, it is a small device that rests directly under the nose and contains two rubber nostril inserts that rest inside both nostrils.  The machine Airing Micro CPAPconstantly pumps air through the nose and down the airway in a constant stream, just like the normal size machines do, only it’s a fraction of the size, is more user-friendly, easier to transport, and takes up less space.

Sleep Apnea

If you are unfamiliar with sleep apnea or are just starting to learn about it, here is some more information on what it is and how it is diagnosed.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep order that is becoming an epidemic in the United States and other developed countries.  It is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.  OSA is caused by an obstruction in your airway that causes you to stop breathing for several seconds, and up to a hundred times a night.  It is a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and many more serious conditions.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Paused breathing during sleep
  • Daytime drowsiness and tiredness
  • Having difficulty sleeping entirely through the night
  • Having difficulty falling asleep
  • Tingling of the legs and feet at night
  • Heartburn
  • Wake up in the middle of the night desperately gasping for air
  • Dry mouth
  • Having headaches in the morning
  • Heart arrhythmia

How Sleep Apnea is diagnosed

Sleep apnea is diagnosed by performing a polysomnogram.Person attached to sensors performing a sleep study  A polysomnogram is a sleep test that monitors motions and actions of the body and brain while you sleep.  It’s commonly referred to as a ‘sleep study’.  The study is conducted over night in a hospital setting where you are hooked up to different monitors, screens, and cameras.  Your brain waves, heart rate, breathing patterns, blood pressure, and movements in the eyes are all monitored closely by your doctor in the sleep lab.

Tiny electrodes are attached to several parts of your body and adhere to the skin during your sleep to keep a pulse on any physiological events that occur.  Your oxygen level in your blood is monitored by a finger clip that also tracks your heart rate and blood pressure.  Elastic belts may also be used around your torso to monitor your breathing patterns.

Based on the sleep study results, your doctor will inform you if you do indeed have sleep apnea.  When they analyze your sleep study results, they will quickly be able to tell how many times you stopped breathing, if any, how long the pauses were, and how often they occurred throughout the study.  If they find that you stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night, they will request that you get fitted with a CPAP mask and machine.

What is a CPAP MachineWoman using CPAP Machine

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.  It sends a constant, steady flow of oxygen into your nose so that you can breath easier throughout the night, and do not have an obstruction in your airway.  The machine itself can range in size depending on which model you buy from a wide variety of manufacturers.  Most CPAP machines are about the same size as a small briefcase.  They typically have 1 or 2 hoses coming out of the machine that attach to a nose or face mask.  You will need to wear the nose or face mask throughout the entire night while sleeping in order for the treatment to be effective.  Some masks require a separate chin strap to hold the mask in place.  Other styles have adjustable straps that hold the mask in place for you already.

Some patients with sleep apnea rave about how rested they feel in the morning after wearing the machine, while others just can’t get used to the bulkiness of the masks, tubes, and sound.  Due to this, the amount of chatter created around the micro CPAP mask is amazing, and many people are excited to see the product come to fruition.

How it treats Sleep Apnea

Airing is being marketed as ‘the word’s first cordless, mask-less, and hose-less device for treating sleep apnea.  Just the picture itself looks amazing, especially when you put it side by side next to the current CPAP machine.  The company behind this micro-CPAP machine markets the product to those that have tried wearing a standard-size CPAP machine previously, but have been frustrated by all the hoses, masks, and accessories that come with the machine not only needed for it to operate but to clean it as well.

My Review of the Micro-CPAP

As soon as the micro-CPAP receives FDA clearance and hits the market, I will definitely give this machine a test to see how it actually works and if it stops my snoring.  As of May 2019, this product is not yet available.

Airing Micro-CPAP machine

The Airing Micro CPAP machine is comprised of a range of features, many of which are surprisingly small.  The machine itself is made of an injection molded shell which houses the micro-components and micro blowers.  The battery is also stored in the main body.

Individual Daily Usage

The Airing Micro-CPAP machine is meant to be used only once and then disposed of.  One of the most common complaints you hear from CPAP machine users is that they constantly need to be maintained and cleaned in order to function properly and administer the proper treatment. These micro CPAP machines are actually completely disposable and Airing claims that they can also be recycled.

No Hoses or Masks

The beauty of the micro CPAP is that there are no bulky, heavy hoses, and no tangled face masks or nasal masks involved.  The small, compact design, is appealing to CPAP users everywhere.

Airing Micro CPAP

Battery Operated Micro-CPAP

Small batteries are used to operate the micro CPAP, however, it’s not yet disclosed exactly what the size of the batteries is or how much the batteries themselves will cost.

MicroBlowers

Micro-blowers were originally designed to cool computers down within the main frame and motherboard.  This same type of technology is used in the micro CPAP machine to maintain the constant flow of oxygen into the nose and down the airway.

Tight Fitting Nose Buds

The micro-CPAP has 2 silicone nose buds that fit right into both nostrils and form a tight-fitting seal around the nose.  This eliminates the need for large bulky hoses.

Vents

There are two types of air vents on the micro CPAP: the inhalation vents and the exhalation vents.  The inhalation vent is at the top of the micro CPAP and is nearly the entire width of the device itself.  As you inhale, the micro blowers regulate the constant air pressure needed to maintain the ideal air flow to treat sleep apnea.

When will the Airing Micro-CPAP become available

As of May ’19, Airing is still in the middle of their fundraising stages.  The company has raised nearly $2 million on IndieGoGo alone, and I’m sure there are dozens of other private investors backing the company.  Designing a prototype, like Airing, is not easy.  Creating a product to treat nearly 22 million people with sleep apnea has its challenges and the first of which is getting FDA approval.  The Food and Drug Administration must undergo months and possibly years of testing and analysis to even allow this product come to market.  Once that milestone is reached, the company will need to undergo numerous lab tests and clinical trials before launching the product.

Stephen Marsh Creator or Airing

No published released date has been set, and the product has been in the development stages since early 2015.  My guess is that there is probably another few years of R&D left in order to bring this product to fruition.  IF this micro-CPAP gets FDA clearance, this will undoubtedly be the go-to CPAP machine on the market.

The creator of the Airing Micro-CPAP

Stephen Marsh is the brains behind the micro CPAP technology.  Stephen is not new to the healthcare industry, as he’s invented and patented over 75 products and applications.  Marsh is an entrepreneur and inventor.  When the Airing becomes available, Marsh will have tackled one of the largest growing markets in the United States – those with sleep disorders who suffer from sleep apnea.

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