After decades of performing, singer Eric Clapton is paying a big price!
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.
In an interview on the U.K.'s BBC Radio 2, Clapton said he has tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears.
"I have to get on the bottom of the ladder every time I play guitar, just to tune it", he told Rolling Stone. The condition is caused by hearing loss from frequently being subject to loud noises.
Eric has had his fair share of struggles in his life.
"The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, Ive got tinnitus, my hands just about work".
Clapton headlines London's Hyde Park this summer, but his last Irish gig was in 2013. "My hands just about work". I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me for more than that (because) I am a curiosity.
Despite the challenges, Clapton is hopeful that fans will still attend his concerts.
Clapton also chatted about his new documentary, "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars", which gets its US television premiere on Showtime on February 10.
Clapton said of the film, "It's very hard for me to sit through because it goes on so long about the hard part of my life, [but] I think it's important for people to see that there's a happy ending".