Eric Clapton battling hearing issues, but it won’t stop him from playing

Eric Clapton revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 2 this week that he has tinnitus and is losing his hearing, but he doesn’t plan on it standing in the way of continuing to perform.

Tinnitus is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “the perception of noise or ringing in the ears” and is not a condition but a symptom of something larger, such as the hearing loss Clapton refers to in the interview. While talking about his documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Clapton told Steve Wright of BBC Radio 2 that he plans on continuing to play shows despite his health.

“I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs,” Clapton said, per “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. I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me for more than that [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.”

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There’s only one show on Clapton’s list of dates at the moment, that being a July 8 gig at Hyde Park in London. Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars was released in the United States in November of 2017.

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