Eric Clapton Reveals He is Going Deaf in a New Interview

During the summer of 2016, we reported that Eric Clapton was struggling with peripheral neuropathy, a painful nerve condition that was limiting his ability to play the guitar. Now, just a year and a half later, Clapton revealed in a new interview with BBC Radio 2 that he's also struggling with tinnitus and is starting to go deaf.

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Clapton was giving the interview to promote a new Showtime documentary about his life called Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, which is set to premiere February 10. The documentary covers Clapton's life from an early age, his growth into a blues guitar legend, his battles with alcoholism and addiction, and the loss of his son in 1991. The story is told through Clapton's own words and music and through interviews with fellow musicians and friends, like Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and George Harrison.

Clapton, who is now in his 70s, has said many times before that he feels lucky to be alive (considering his past struggles), and he repeated the sentiment to BBC. "It's amazing, to myself, that I'm still here." And while he may not be able to withstand the physical demands of a tour's worth of shows, he's not entirely ready to stop playing and announced that he's already booked a show for this summer at Hyde Park in London.


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