Summer is in full swing, which means it may be time to take extra precautions. Swimmer’s ear occurs when germs get into the outer ear canal. This can happen when the outer ear canal is scratched and germs are able to get inside. In addition, water sitting in the outer ear canal can encourage bacteria growth leading to swimmer’s ear. While the precautions listed below don’t guarantee you’ll avoid getting swimmer’s ear, they are good steps to help prevent the infection.