Eric Clapton is losing his hearing: 'I'm going deaf'

Guitar legend Eric Clapton disclosed in a new interview with BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright on Tuesday that he is losing his hearing.

Brittany King

Eric Clapton opened up about his health issues in response to a question about his plans for 2018 in an interview with BBC Radio 2s Steve Wright. The musician revealed that he's going deaf and struggling with tinnitus, in addition to the nerve system damage he's already been dealing with the last couple of years that has affected his back and movement in his hands. But this wont stop him. 

"I am still going to work. Im doing a few gigs. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July," he told Wright. "The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient. I mean, I'm going deaf; I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work."

It's amazing, to myself, that I'm still here.

Eric Clapton

"I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for] more than [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because its amazing, to myself, that I am still here," Clapton added. 



The 72-year-old was promoting Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, a Showtime documentary about his life and career. The film, set to premiere February 10, examines the icon's life stardom, substance abuse, personal tragedies, career, and music. In addition, interviews with his closest family, friends, musical contemporaries and heroes will be featured.