Eric Clapton reveals he is going deaf after Tinnitus diagnosis

In a new interview with BBC Radio, Eric Clapton revealed he is going deaf.

On BBC Radio 2’s “Steve Wright in the Afternoon,” the musician said, “I’m still going to work, I’m doing a few gigs, I’m doing a show in Hyde Park in July. You know 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,” Clapton, 72, continued. “I mean, I’m hoping that people will come along and see me just because, well maybe more than, I’m a curiosity, you know what I mean. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I’m still here.”

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ENGLAND - 1964: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton poses for a portrait during his time with the band 'The Yardbirds' in 1964 in England. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Chris DREJA and Keith RELF and Eric CLAPTON and Jim McCARTY and Paul SAMWELL SMITH and YARDBIRDS; L to R: Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty, Eric Clapton - posed group portrait (Photo by CA/Redferns)
LONDON - 1966: Rock band the 'Bluesbreakers' pose for a portrait in 1966 in London, England. L-R: John Mayall, Hughie Flint, Eric Clapton, John McVie. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images )
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of CREAM and Eric CLAPTON; while in Cream, posed (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
NEW YORK - APRIL 1967: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton of the rock band 'Cream' recording the song 'Strange Brew' at Atlantic Studios in April 1967 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Eric CLAPTON; performing live onstage, playing 'Blackie' Fender Stratocaster guitar, wearing dungarees, c.1974 (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)
Eric Clapton during Eric Clapton File Photos at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
13th January 1973: British blues-rock singer and guitarist, Eric Clapton, in concert at the Rainbow Rooms. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Eric Clapton performs live on stage at Ahoy, Rotterdam on November 30 1974 during his 461 Ocean Boulevard European Tour (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
CIRCA 1975: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images )
CIRCA 1975: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images )
CIRCA 1975: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage in circa 1975. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Patti BOYD and Eric CLAPTON; with Patti Boyd, posed (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Redferns)
British guitarist Eric Clapton performing on stage during his US tour in 1975. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
English singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton, circa 1975. (Photo by Christopher Simon Sykes/Getty Images)
British guitarist Eric Clapton and his band in the mid 1970's. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
British guitarist and songwriter Eric Clapton in the shrubbery at his Surrey home, 3rd January 1975. (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 03: Photo of Eric CLAPTON; posed, at home in Ewhurst, Surrey (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Redferns)
CIRCA 1977: Rock and roll guitarist Eric Clapton performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in circa 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LEIDEN, HOLLAND - JUNE 11: Eric Clapton performs live on stage at Groenoordhallen in Leiden, Holland on Jun 11 1977 during his Slowhand tour (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
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Clapton appeared on the show to talk about his new documentary, “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” which follows his life through narration by icons like BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison. He said that the film was difficult for him to watch because “it goes on so long about the difficult part of my life.”

The guitarist added, “I think it’s important to see that it’s a happy ending. It’s like a redemption concept. If you’re gonna go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride.”

Clapton isn’t the only musician who’s dealt with tinnitus. The Who guitarest Pete Townshend has also discussed his own problems with the condition and hearing loss.

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