Eric Clapton Reveals He Is Going Deaf After Tinnitus Diagnosis

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2018

Eric Clapton has revealed that he's "going deaf" while speaking about ongoing health problems in a new interview.

Speaking to Classic Rock Magazine recently, he said: "I've had quite a lot of pain over the past year".

Clapton's only upcoming tour date is a sold-out performance in London's Hyde Park on July 8, featuring Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jr.

Clapton is far from the only rock hero afflicted with tinnitus.


Despite the challenges with his hearing and his hands - two integral functions for any guitarist - the legendary musician remains determined to continue playing live concerts. I'm doing a few gigs. I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient.

Clapton also suffers from "peripheral neuropathy, which causes weakness and pain in hands and feet" and he "said in June 2016 that the nerve damage has affected his ability to play the guitar", according to Us Magazine. Clapton was on the show to talk about his documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.

"I developed a little following among these people", he explains, "and I knew that there were certain ways that I could get them going".

Clapton said of the film, "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. I know that is part of it, because it's fantastic to myself that I am still here". It's like a redemption concept.

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