The characteristic time of low-Reynolds-number fluid–structure interaction scales linearly with the ratio of fluid viscosity to solid Young’s modulus. For sufficiently large values of Young’s modulus, both time and length scales of the viscous-elastic dynamics may be similar to acoustic time and length scales. However, the requirement of dominant viscous effects limits the validity of such regimes to micro-configurations. We here study the dynamics of an acoustic plane wave impinging on the surface of a layered sphere, immersed within an inviscid fluid, and composed of an inner elastic sphere, a creeping fluid layer and an external elastic shell. We focus on configurations with similar viscous-elastic and acoustic time and length scales, where the viscous-elastic speed of interaction between the creeping layer and the elastic regions is similar to the speed of sound. By expanding the linearized spherical Reynolds equation into the relevant spectral series solution for the hyperbolic elastic regions, a global stiffness matrix of the layered elastic sphere was obtained. The maximal pressure difference induced by the acoustic wave on the creeping region was found to occur for identical viscous-elastic and acoustic length scales. Comparing an elastic sphere with an embedded creeping layer to a fully elastic sphere, a significant reduction in magnitude and fluctuations (with regard to wavelength) are observed for both the displacements of the solid and target strength of the sphere. This effect was most significant for identical viscous-elastic and acoustic time scales. This work relates viscous-elastic dynamics to acoustic scattering and may pave the way to the design of novel metamaterials with unique acoustic properties.