Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Legendary Musician Eric Clapton Admits That He's Losing His Hearing

Legendary Musician Eric Clapton Admits That He's Losing His Hearing

During an interview with BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright on Tuesday, the 72-year-old guitar great admitted that he's struggling with tinnitus, a ringing in the ear commonly caused by noise-induced hearing loss.

"I have to get on the bottom of the ladder every time I play guitar, just to tune it", he told Rolling Stone. I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient.

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.

Eric Clapton is the only three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, honored as a member of the Yardbirds, as a member of Cream, and as a solo artist.


I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work...

I am talking about, I hope individuals should come across and watch me more than I'm a fascination. I know that is part of it, because it's unbelievable to myself I'm still here.

Claptonis due to perform in London's Hyde Park on July 8, 2018.

The "Layla" hitmaker, who was speaking at the promotion of his documentary, "Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, said watching the film is a tough experience for him". It's also a warts and all look at the darker side of Clapton's life and doesn't shy away from dealing with his 20-year long battle against drug and alcohol addiction. "I think it's important for people to see that there is a happy ending". It truly is similar to a redemption concept. "If you're gonna go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride".

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