Eric Clapton's Shocking Health Revelation - Can He Still Perform?

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Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton revealed Tuesday (January 9) that he is losing his hearing and was diagnosed with tinnitus.

The film explores the 72-year-old British musician's career on and off stage and is told by those who've known him best; among them stars such as BB King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. To date, he is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been inducted once as a solo artist, once as a member of The Yardbirds, and once with Cream.

ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS is directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, director of Rush (1991) and the Oscar®-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy and produced by multi-award-winning producer John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, One Day in September, The Imposter) and is edited by BAFTA-winning editor Chris King (Amy, Senna). "I mean, I'm going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work", Clapton said on Radio 2.

Tinnitus involves hearing a ringing sound in the ear when there is none present externally.

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As how his health is affecting his playing, Clapton explained that he has to "get on the bottom of the ladder every time I play guitar, just to tune it..."

"The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my seventies and being able to be proficient", he said, after confirming that he intends to continue gigging. "My hands just about work".

The singer added that he hopes fans will attend his shows for the music rather than to observe his medical conditions. "I understand that is part of it since it truly is incredible to myself personally I am here" Clapton is the way from the only stone protagonist afflicted with migraines.

Clapton was on the show to talk about his documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.