Eric Clapton says he is going deaf

News 11/01/2018

Eric Clapton has had his share of health issues, suffering from chronic nerve problems affecting his back and hands.

He also suffers from tinnitus, which is a hearing problem caused by excessive noise - common for musicians.

He doesn't plan on giving up on music though.

"I am still going to work. I'm doing a few gigs," Clapton told BBC Radio 2. "The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient."

He has however cut back on his touring schedule after considering retirement.

"I mean, I'm going deaf; I've got tinnitus. My hands just about work," Clapton said. "I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for] more than [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here."

Clapton's only scheduled show for 2018 is at the British Summer Time Festival held at Hyde Park in July.