Somewhat off-topic, but this board should be a good one for the question. I have always visualised words as I say or hear them, sort of as a running subtitle somewhere in the back of my mind. This means that I get distressed if, say, I’m introduced to someone called Ann(e) until I find out how she spells her name, as it disrupts the run of the script. Unusual or foreign words are even more problematic, obviously.
For years I assumed that everyone did this. I now know most people don’t, though according to a Radio 4 programme I once heard those who do it tend to think it’s universal until they learn otherwise. I’m just curious to find out if there are other people here who have the same involuntary tic.