‘Wonderful Tonight’ singer Eric Clapton is going deaf

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  • Iconic rock and blues musician Eric Clapton revealed he’s “going deaf” after being diagnosed with tinnitus
  • Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears; affecting 1 in 5 people
  • Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself — it’s a symptom of an underlying condition

“[What] I’m concerned with now is being in my 70s and [staying] proficient. I mean, I’m going deaf, I have got tinnitus, my hands [are] just about work,” the legendary singer-songwriter said in a recent interview with BBC Radio 2.

Eric, at his age of 72, still goes to work and does what he loves most: playing gigs.

“I mean, I’m hoping that people will come and see me for more than that; [because] I’m a curiosity… I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I’m still here,” he said.

Eric gave the BBC 2 interview in support of a new documentary about himself, “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.” He said that if anyone is going to see it, “be prepared for a heavy ride.”

He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Eric has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.

His timeless hits include Wonderful Tonight, Cocaine, Change the World, and oh, who would forget about Tears in Heaven: