I'm trying to decide whether to replace just the "Forehead Assembly arm"
that's broken on my Respironics Comfort Gel Nasal CPAP Mask
or just go ahead and get a whole replacement mask. The parts individually cost a good bit of the cost of the whole shebang, and some of the other parts of the contraption could use replacement, too---just looking old & warn & hard to clean completely. The comfort gel, for instance, is less gel-y than when new, and the forehead pad is a bit murky-lookin'. Plus the straps are a bit frayed.
If I get a whole new mask for about $65, vs. the broken part for $22, I'll have extra parts to cannibalize later, and nice shiny clean works in general. But $43 is
$43. And the guy who fitted me for the thing said the part that broke on me is by far the most common to break. Hmmm.
Until I make up my mind, I've figured out a way to use just the part that fits over your nose, with the ball-and-socket affixing of the bottom straps. The way you do it involves angling the hose to an anchoring point. You can't roll around in your sleep without re-affixing the hose anchoring point (under the pillow or against the wall or whatever), but it's a nice free feeling not to have that forehead and head wrap-around mess up there.
I'm quite close to 5000 hours with the thing, and thought I'd post when I got there anyway. Countdown to 5000. In a little over a month shy of 2 years.