In an interview on Tuesday, guitar great Eric Clapton revealed that he is suffering from hearing loss. Speaking with BBC 2's Steve Wright, 72-year-old Clapton talked about his ongoing struggle with tinnitus and the nerve damage affecting his hands and back. Although Clapton admitted live performances are more challenging for him these days, he plans to continue touring this year.
All those years exposed to loud music, sad to say occupational hazard.— Wally Kennedy (@Wallykennedy41) January 10, 2018
Sad, wonder if he uses earplugs? Maybe now he does but back-in-the-day maybe not?— Scott (@R4one) January 10, 2018
Oh no. That is such devastating news for Eric as well as for all of us.— S Dutton (@MohoRising) January 10, 2018
Sorry to hear this notice, he is an amazing musician and composer. My good vibes for his health 😙— Elena Martinez (@Maty0715) January 10, 2018
What a total downer--my childhood hero, and hero of 50 years--But, he carries on, as you'd expect of him......— Paul Rudolph (@powhitetrash2) January 10, 2018
I love him 😭— Maya Morena (@babecolate) January 10, 2018
'Got me on my knees baby layla begging darling please'
This is sad. He is, by far, my favorite guitarist but he will still be able to play I'm sure. Hell...Beethoven was deaf.— Charity (@Semipsychedelic) January 10, 2018
Feel bad for Clapton. It just makes the music in your head all that much louder. Hopefully, he continues to find ways to express his talent.— Classic Rock Station (@clsskrckstation) January 11, 2018
Pete Townsend has talked about his deafness also. Here’s to hoping EC is still able to thrill us with his music.— Judy C Norris (@Gringowithabag) January 11, 2018
That’s really sad. My papa was a painter and lost his sight later in life. He was angry and depressed. We are lucky to have had his talent in our life time.— EskimoPam (@EskimoPam) January 11, 2018
Other musical greats like Pete Townsend, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, and Neil Young also suffer from similar conditions.
I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park in July. The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my seventies 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 [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.