An Ohio boy will start second grade this year with a new pair of ears, after doctors corrected a birth defect that left him without outer ears or ear canals.

Elijah Bell wanted to have normal ears -- and wanted to hear normally. So doctors at the Akron Children's Hospital used rib cartilage to make outer ears for the boy, and attach them underneath the skin. He can now hear normally, thanks to a bone-anchored hearing aid.