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Eric Clapton Just Admitted He's Been Having Ear Issues—And We Wish Him Well

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.

Fans on Twitter found the news devastating:

Many wished him well and offered words of support:

Others remembered the effect Clapton's music had on their lives:

Other musical greats like Pete Townsend, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, and Neil Young also suffer from similar conditions.

Clapton says he isn't going to let it stop him:

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.

As long as you keep playing Eric, we'll keep listening:

H/T - EW, People