Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Eric Clapton Reveals He's Losing His Hearing

Eric Clapton Reveals He's Losing His Hearing

Much like former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, Clapton's hearing has left him concerned with his ability to still play onstage, Although he continues to work into his 70s, he is only doing a few gigs at a time.

One of music's greatest living legends revealed that his job is getting harder and harder on January 11.

Matthew Baker/Getty ImagesEric Clapton revealed a bit of disconcerting information about his health during an interview Tuesday on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 2, telling interviewer Steve Wright that he's "going deaf".

"I'm hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I'm a curiosity", he continued. I mean, I'm going deaf; I've got tinnitus.

According to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus "is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears" and affects one in five people. "I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July", he says.

Eric Clapton Reveals He's Losing His Hearing
Eric Clapton Reveals That He Is Going Deaf

Eric still plans to put on some unbelievable shows, and he wants fans to come and appreciate his music.

Clapton was promoting Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, a Showtime documentary about his life that will premiere on February 10.

Clapton, 72, is also battling peripheral neuropathy, which causes numbness and pain from damage in the hands and feet. I know that is part of it. In the interview, he said that "for at least 20 years, I was a basket case".

Regarding the film, Clapton pointed out, "It's very hard for me to sit through because it goes on so long about the hard part of my life, [but] I think it's important for people to see that there's a happy ending".

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