Tinnitus is a ringing in the ear associated with noise-induced hearing loss, and the star has been dealing with the condition in addition to nerve damage that his affected his back and hands.
In an interview with BBC Radio 2, the 72-year-old music legend, however, said that it is getting more challenging for him to keep playing. Say it ain't so!
"The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, Ive got tinnitus, my hands just about work".
He went on, "I'm still going to work".
The musician's only scheduled 2018 show so far is the July British Summer Time Fest in Hyde Park.
Eric still plans to put on some awesome shows, and he wants fans to come and appreciate his music. I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me for more than that [because] I am a curiosity.
It's awesome that Eric is still performing because on top of his hearing loss, Eric also has peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes weakness and pain in hands and feet. "It's awesome to myself that I'm still here". Two years ago in June 2016, Eric admitted that the nerve damage was making it more hard to play guitar.
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).
In the interview with BBC, Clapton also recounted his struggled with alcohol, a topic he'd previously brought up with Rolling Stone when he described himself as a "basket case" over the past 20 years.
"I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear!" Despite his battle with a drinking problem, he was able to push through to become a stronger person.