Music legend Eric Clapton says he's 'going deaf'

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Though the guitarist, 72, still sounded as sharp as ever on his 2016 album "I Still Do", he has said that eczema, among other challenges, have made it more hard to perform at his best. He is the only ever three-time-inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an 18-time Grammy Award victor, and widely renowned as one of the greatest performers of all time. I mean, I'm going deaf; I've got tinnitus. While the issue can be age-related or caused by ear injury, it can also be caused by noise-induced hearing loss.

Matthew Baker/Getty ImagesEric Clapton revealed a bit of disconcerting information about his health during an interview Tuesday on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 2, telling interviewer Steve Wright that he's "going deaf".

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"I am still going to work". "I'm still going to work, I'm doing a few gigs, I'm doing a show in Hyde Park in July", he said. "You know, the only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient".

Speaking about the oncoming documentary "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars", the iconic guitarist discussed some of the challenges inherent in becoming an aging rock star, chief among them the struggle to maintain a level of performances he's mastered in previous decades.

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He added: "I think it's important to see that it's a happy ending, it's like a redemption". Still, he acknowledges that curiosity status "is part of it, because it's awesome to myself that I am still here".

In his 2007 autobiography, Clapton described a 20-year drug and alcohol addiction that he said saw him spending about US$16,000 a week on heroin in the 1970s.

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"I drank more than you can imagine, a Special Brew with vodka", Clapton said.

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