Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious condition. It is usually caused by a collapse of the soft tissue in the rear of the throat during sleep, blocking the airway. Left untreated, it can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, impaired memory, weight gain and headaches. Until recently, people diagnosed with sleep apnea had to depend upon a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP device.
The CPAP is a machine that sits on a bedside table and pumps air through a hose into a mask that covers the patient’s face. Because it is so awkward and intrusive, about half of people for whom it is prescribed give up on it within the first year. Now a company called Airing has developed a revolutionary device that is designed to replace the old CPAP machine, and they are raising startup money through the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo. At the time of this writing, they have raised almost nine times their original funding goal.
Airing’s design is based on the invention of micro-blowers which were originally developed to regulate heat in computer chips. A micro-blower is entirely contained inside the Airing device, so there are no external air hoses. The Airing device is battery operated, so there are no power wires. The entire device is very small and self contained. You simply “plug” the comfortable buds into your nostrils, and go to sleep as you normally would.
Each Airing device is meant to be used for one night only, and is recyclable. That means every night you use a new device, which liberates you from the cleaning required for CPAP machines, as well as the uncomfortable straps and hoses. The Airing is very quiet, unlike the CPAP which makes a noisy hum. Best of all, snoring is eliminated.
The team behind Airing hopes this new medical device will overcome the resistance many people have to treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If so, tens of thousands more people can get the sleep they need. They can be productive at work, avoid accidents, and be alert and able to enjoy a higher quality of life. The company anticipates Airing will be available beginning June 2017.